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Hurricane Gaston Seen From Space

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Hurricane Gaston

Composite image of Hurricane Gaston in the Atlantic at 06:00 UTC on Thursday, 25 August 2016.


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NASA Flies to Africa to Study Climate Effects of Smoke on Clouds

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Southern Africa

NASA scientists and two research aircraft are on their way to a unique natural laboratory off the Atlantic coast of southwest Africa to study a major unknown in future climate prediction.

Tropical Storms Mindulle and Lionrock Seen From Space

Tropical Storms Mindulle and Lionrock Seen From Space

This composite image of Tropical Storms Mindulle and Lionrock near Japan was created at 09:00 UTC on Monday, 22 August 2016.


Arctic Sea Ice Levels Continue To Decline

Arctic Sea Ice Levels Continue To Decline Video in Story

This year's melt season in the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas started with a bang, with a record low maximum extent in March and relatively rapid ice loss through May.


Tropical Storm Fiona As Seen From Space

Tropical Storm Fiona As Seen From Space

This is a composite image of Tropical Storm Fiona in the Atlantic from 06:00 UTC on Thursday, 18 August 2016.


Orbital View: A Nearly Ice-Free Northwest Passage

Orbital View: A Nearly Ice-Free Northwest Passage

The Northwest Passage is a famed high-latitude sea route in the Arctic. The route meanders through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, connecting the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.


Sixth Tropical Cyclone Forming In The Atlantic

Sixth Tropical Cyclone Forming In The Atlantic

Tropical Depression 6 developed in the far eastern North Atlantic Ocean and NASA and NOAA satellites provided infrared and visible views at the storm.


Orbital View of Acadia National Park

Orbital View of Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is one of the most visited parks in America, drawing more than 2.5 million visitors per year to the craggy, jagged coast of Maine.


Van Allen Probes Glimpse of Supercharged Radiation Belt

Van Allen Probes Glimpse of Supercharged Radiation Belt

Our planet is nestled in the center of two immense, concentric doughnuts of powerful radiation: the Van Allen radiation belts, which harbor swarms of charged particles that are trapped by Earth's magnetic field.


Site of 2016 Summer Olympic Games Viewed From Orbit

Site of 2016 Summer Olympic Games Viewed From Orbit

The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite passed directly over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 2, 2016, just prior to the opening of the Summer Olympic Games.


IMERG Measures Hurricane Earl's Deadly Rainfall in Mexico

IMERG Measures Hurricane Earl's Deadly Rainfall in Mexico

Hurricane Earl began as a tropical wave that was tracked by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) from the African coast to the Caribbean Sea.


Satellites Show Hidden Water Pollution in U.S. Coastal Areas

Satellites Show Hidden Water Pollution in U.S. Coastal Areas

Coastal waters and near-shore groundwater supplies along more than a fifth of coastlines in the continental United States are vulnerable to contamination from previously hidden underground transfers of water between the oceans and land


Fires in Central Africa As Seen From Orbit

Fires in Central Africa As Seen From Orbit

Widespread agricultural burning continues throughout central Africa. Smoke and fires in several countries were seen by the Suomi NPP satellite.


NASA Looks at Historic Flooding from Slow-Moving Maryland Storms

NASA Looks at Historic Flooding from Slow-Moving Maryland Storms Video in Story

NASA analyzed rainfall data from slow-moving storms that triggered flash floods over parts of central Maryland and caused devastating flooding in historic Ellicott City, Maryland.


Transformations to Granular Zircons At Meteor Crater

Transformations to Granular Zircons At Meteor Crater

Having been reported in lunar samples returned by Apollo astronauts, meteorites, impact glass, and at a number of meteorite craters on Earth, granular zircon is the most unusual and enigmatic type of zircon known.


What Did Earth's Ancient Magnetic Field Look Like?

What Did Earth's Ancient Magnetic Field Look Like?

New work from Carnegie's Peter Driscoll suggests Earth's ancient magnetic field was significantly different than the present day field, originating from several poles rather than the familiar two. It is published in Geophysical Research Letters.


Earth from Space: Northeast Iran

Earth from Space: Northeast Iran Video in Story

The Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over to northeastern Iran, the second largest country in the Middle East. A dryland area, most of Iran's territory is classified as arid and semi-arid, about half of which is characterised by rangeland, barren land and mountains.


Orbital View Of California Fires

Orbital View Of California Fires

In late July 2016, wildfire burned along Soberanes Creek, Garrapata State Park, and north of Big Sur in Monterey County, California.


South Pole Detector Shows Success at Neutrino Hunting

South Pole Detector Shows Success at Neutrino Hunting

In the second it takes to read these words, 65 billion neutrinos will shoot through every square centimeter of your body.



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