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ScienceCasts: The Cloudy Future of Arctic Sea Ice Video in Story

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ScienceCasts: The Cloudy Future of Arctic Sea Ice

As climate change continues to hammer Arctic sea ice, pushing back its summertime boundaries to record-high latitudes, NASA is flying an innovative airborne mission to find out how these developments will affect worldwide weather.


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Hurricane Gonzalo Heads For Bermuda As Seen From Space

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Hurricane Gonzalo

This image of Hurricane Gonzalo was taken from the International Space Station by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst on Oct. 16, 2014.

Earth From Space: Lake County, Oregon

Earth From Space: Lake County, Oregon Video in Story

This image from Sentinel-1A was acquired over the Lake County in the US state of Oregon on 17 July. Even though the northwestern United States receives plenty of rainfall, the 'high desert region' east of the Cascade Mountain Range is fairly dry. Most crops require irrigation, such as the circles visible in this image from a centre pivot irrigation system.


NASA Begins Sixth Year of Airborne Antarctic Ice Change Study

NASA Begins Sixth Year of Airborne Antarctic Ice Change Study

NASA is carrying out its sixth consecutive year of Operation IceBridge research flights over Antarctica to study changes in the continent's ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice.


NASA Aqua Satellite Spots Hudhud's Remnants Over India and Nepal

NASA Aqua Satellite Spots Hudhud's Remnants Over India and Nepal

Cyclone Hudhud made landfall in east-central India on Oct. 12 and caused a lot of damage and several fatalities as it moved inland and weakened to a remnant low pressure area. NASA saw those remnants on Oct. 14.


Haze over Eastern China As Seen From Space

Haze over Eastern China As Seen From Space

A thick layer of haze blanketed the North China Plain on October 9, 2014, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image at 2:50 Coordinated Universal Time (10:50 a.m. local time).


Super Typhoon Vongfang As Seen From the Space Station

Super Typhoon Vongfang As Seen From the Space Station

@astro_reid (Reid Wiseman ‏) Oct 9 #SuperTyphoon #Vongfang - I've seen many from here, but none like this.


Himalayan Mountains in Nepal and Bhutan as Seen from Orbit

Himalayan Mountains in Nepal and Bhutan as Seen from Orbit

This Envisat Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) reduced resolution image was acquired on 16 October 2004 along the southern rim of the Himalayas defining the edge of the Tibetan Plateau.


Earth From Space: Southern Darfur, Sudan

Earth From Space: Southern Darfur, Sudan Video in Story

This image from Korea's Kompsat-2 satellite on 8 February 2013 shows an area in the southern Darfur region of Sudan, just south of the city of Nyala.


Satellite Data Shows U.S. Methane 'Hot Spot' Bigger than Expected

Satellite Data Shows U.S. Methane 'Hot Spot' Bigger than Expected

One small "hot spot" in the U.S. Southwest is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States - more than triple the standard ground-based estimate -- according to a new study of satellite data by scientists at NASA and the University of Michigan.


NASA Eyes Tropical Cyclone Hudhud as Warnings Posted for East-Central India

NASA Eyes Tropical Cyclone Hudhud as Warnings Posted for East-Central India

NASA's Aqua satellite flew over Tropical Cyclone Hudhud on Oct. 9 and took a picture of the storm that showed it was still somewhat elongated, but more organized than the previous day.


NASA Satellites Get Data on Category 5 Super Typhoon Vongfong

NASA Satellites Get Data on Category 5 Super Typhoon Vongfong

Two NASA satellites provided data on clouds, rainfall and the diameter of the eye of Super Typhoon Vongfong as it turned north in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.


Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Record Maximum

Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Record Maximum Video in Story

Sea ice surrounding Antarctica reached a new record high extent this year, covering more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long-term satellite record to map sea ice extent in the late 1970s.


Typhoon Vongfong Intensifies

Typhoon Vongfong Intensifies

Typhoon Vongfong strengthened into a Super typhoon on Tuesday, October 7.


Typhoon Phanfone Hits Japan

Typhoon Phanfone Hits Japan

Over the weekend of Oct. 5 and 6, Typhoon Phanfone's center made landfall just south of Tokyo and passed over the city before exiting back into the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. NASA's Aqua satellite captured a picture of the typhoon as Tokyo braced for its large eye.


Preparing For Antarctic Flights in the California Desert

Preparing For Antarctic Flights in the California Desert

At first glance a dry lake bed in the southern California desert seems like the last place to prepare to study ice.


U.S. Initiates Prototype System to Gauge National Marine Biodiversity

U.S. Initiates Prototype System to Gauge National Marine Biodiversity

NOAA and NASA are funding three demonstration projects that will lay the foundation for the first national network to monitor marine biodiversity at scales ranging from microbes to whales.


Tibetan Plateau in Nepal and China as Seen from Space by Envisat

Tibetan Plateau in Nepal and China as Seen from Space by Envisat

This Envisat MERIS image highlights the Tibetan Plateau in East Asia. The plateau lies between the Kunlun Mountains to the north (shown stretching across the top of the image) and the Himalayas to the south.


CryoSat Unveils Secrets of the Deep

CryoSat Unveils Secrets of the Deep

ESA's ice mission has been used to create a new gravity map, exposing thousands of previously unchartered 'seamounts', ridges and deep ocean structures.



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