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Earth: January 2013



This image, acquired by Landsat-7 on 2 January, shows the San Francisco Bay Area in the US state of California.


NASA scientists say 2012 was the ninth warmest of any year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1988, the nine warmest years in the 132-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest years on record.


On January 10th NASA held a news briefing to discuss the upcoming launch of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) scheduled for February 11. This mission is a collaboration between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.

An international collaboration including researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has discovered that the Earth's core formed under more oxidizing condition's than previously proposed.