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Van Allen Probes Spot an Impenetrable Barrier in Space

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The Plasmasphere

Two donuts of seething radiation that surround Earth, called the Van Allen radiation belts, have been found to contain a nearly impenetrable barrier that prevents the fastest, most energetic electrons from reaching Earth.


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Satellite Views Early Thanksgiving Travel Trouble Areas in U.S.

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Impending Snow

This NOAA's GOES satellite infrared image taken on Nov. 25 at 11:45 UTC (6:45 a.m. EST) shows two main weather systems over the U.S.

Earth From Space: Tokyo Bay, Japan

Earth From Space: Tokyo Bay, Japan Video in Story

This image from Sentinel-1A's radar on 11 July shows Tokyo Bay in Japan. Tokyo's centre lies mainly south of the Arakawa River. Other visible rivers on this image are the Edo River to its north and the Tama River just to its south, with all three streaming into Tokyo Bay. At the mouth of the Tama River we can see the runways of Haneda Airport.


Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide

Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide Video in Story

An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe.


New Map Shows Frequency of Small Asteroid Impacts

New Map Shows Frequency of Small Asteroid Impacts

A map released today by NASA's Near Earth Object (NEO) Program reveals that small asteroids frequently enter and disintegrate in the Earth's atmosphere with random distribution around the globe.


The View From Space: Cold Front Sweeps Deep Into the U.S.

The View From Space: Cold Front Sweeps Deep Into the U.S.

A cold front sweeping deep into the Southern U.S. is bringing freezing temperatures to large parts of the country.


NASA's New Wind Watcher Ready for Weather Forecasters

NASA's New Wind Watcher Ready for Weather Forecasters

In an early holiday gift to the world's weather and marine forecasting agencies, ocean-winds data from NASA's newest Earth-observing mission, the International Space Station-Rapid Scatterometer (ISS-RapidScat), are being released two months ahead of schedule.


Earth From Space: Dead Sea, Middle East

Earth From Space: Dead Sea, Middle East Video in Story

This image from the Landsat-8 satellite brings us over part of the Middle East, with the Jordan Rift Valley running north to south.


Satellites Analyze Hurricane Vance Before Landfall

Satellites Analyze Hurricane Vance Before Landfall Video in Story

Hurricane Vance was a hurricane on Nov. 4 when the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite and the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission satellite passed overhead and measured its rainfall from space.


View From Space: Fires Subsiding in Northern India

View From Space: Fires Subsiding in Northern India

Fires that were assumed to be agricultural in nature seem to be subsiding in this Terra satellite natural-color image taken on November 02, 2014


NASA IceBridge: Glaciers and Mountains in West Antarctica

NASA IceBridge: Glaciers and Mountains in West Antarctica

Glaciers and mountains in the evening sun are seen on an Operation IceBridge research flight, returning from West Antarctica on Oct. 29, 2014.


Earth From Space: Egmont National Park, New Zealand

Earth From Space: Egmont National Park, New Zealand Video in Story

Egmont National Park on New Zealand's North Island is pictured in this satellite image.


NASA Sees Tropical Cyclone Nilofar Being Affected by Wind Shear

NASA Sees Tropical Cyclone Nilofar Being Affected by Wind Shear

Wind shear has kicked in and has been pushing clouds and showers away from Tropical Cyclone Nilofar's center.


Earth From Space: Mumbai, India

Earth From Space: Mumbai, India Video in Story

The western Indian city of Mumbai is pictured in this image from Japan's ALOS satellite.


Aqua Image of Himalayan Snowfall from Cyclone Hudhud

Aqua Image of Himalayan Snowfall from Cyclone Hudhud

NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Himalayan Mountains and captured this image of snow on the ground on Oct. 16 at 0705 UTC.


Gonzalo's Effect On Bermuda's Ocean Sediment: Stirred, Not Shaken

Gonzalo's Effect On Bermuda's Ocean Sediment: Stirred, Not Shaken

NASA's Aqua and Terra satellites captured before and after images of Bermuda and surrounding waters before and after Hurricane Gonzalo struck the island on Oct. 17. The images revealed how Gonzalo stirred up the sediment from the ocean bottom.


Fires in the Egypt River Delta As Seen From Space

Fires in the Egypt River Delta As Seen From Space

This NASA satellite image is of the Egyptian River Delta. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS's thermal bands, are outlined in red. Each hot spot, which appears as a red mark, is an area where the thermal detectors on the MODIS instrument recognized temperatures higher than background.


ScienceCasts: The Cloudy Future of Arctic Sea Ice

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

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.


Hurricane Gonzalo Heads For Bermuda As Seen From Space

Hurricane Gonzalo Heads For Bermuda As Seen From Space

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



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