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Registration Opens for the 2024 NASA International Space Apps Challenge

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NASA invites innovators, technologists, storytellers, and problem solvers to register for the 2024 NASA Space Apps Challenge, the largest annual global hackathon.

Article23 hours ago
This image is an animated version of the Aura satellite in orbit. The satellite, seen centered in the image, is made up of silver and gold box-like shapes and instruments. Spanning out to the right of the satellite is a long sheet of solar panels. In the background of the image at the bottom is a portion of Earth seen with clouds and a blue haze surrounding it. The top of the background is the deep black of space, with a cluster of green colored stars to the left.

NASA Celebrates 20 Years of Earth-Observing Aura Satellite

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A few of the many highlights from the last 20 years since Aura Launched.

Article3 days ago

Surfing NASA’s Internet of Animals: Satellites Study Ocean Wildlife

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Anchoring the boat in a sandbar, research scientist Morgan Gilmour steps into the shallows and is immediately surrounded by sharks. The warm waters around the tropical island act as a reef shark nursery, and these baby biters are curious about…

Article1 week ago

NASA’s ECOSTRESS Maps Burn Risk Across Phoenix Streets

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Roads and sidewalks in some areas get so hot that skin contact could result in second-degree burns. Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California have mapped scorching pavement in Phoenix where contact with skin — from a fall,…

Article2 weeks ago
In the background, the bottom half of the image is filled with a portion of Earth. The top half is the very dark blue of space. Separating the two are bands of glowing greens and red, depicting the upper layers of Earth's atmosphere. In the foreground, a satellite. The satellite has two rectangular wing-like structures jutting out from the right and left of a silver rectangular box. On the top are 3 large white dishes.

Alphabet Soup: NASA’s GOLD Finds Surprising C, X Shapes in Atmosphere

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Who knew Earth’s upper atmosphere was like alphabet soup? NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission has revealed unexpected C- and X-shaped formations in an electrified layer of gas high above our heads called the ionosphere. While…

Article3 weeks ago

The 1998 Florida Firestorm and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

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East central Florida’s natural environment and climate have shaped, and delayed, Kennedy Space Center launch operations since the 1960s. Torrential pop-up thunderstorms, Atlantic hurricanes, roasting heat, and other climatic phenomena, including lightning and fire, repeatedly hampered mission timelines and created…

Article3 weeks ago

NASA Releases Updated Climate Change Adaptation, Resilience Plan

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NASA joined more than 20 federal agencies in releasing its updated Climate Adaptation Plan Thursday, helping expand the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to make federal operations increasingly resilient to the impacts of climate change for the benefit of all. The updated…

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NASA Selects Lockheed Martin to Build Next-Gen Spacecraft for NOAA

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NASA, on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has selected Lockheed Martin Corp. of Littleton, Colorado, to build the spacecraft for NOAA’s Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO) satellite program. This cost-plus-award-fee contract is valued at approximately $2.27 billion.…

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NASA Satellites Find Snow Didn’t Offset Southwest US Groundwater Loss

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Record snowfall in recent years has not been enough to offset long-term drying conditions and increasing groundwater demands in the U.S. Southwest, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data. Declining water levels in the Great Salt Lake and…

Article1 month ago

NASA-Led Mission to Map Air Pollution Over Both U.S. Coasts

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This summer between June 17 and July 2, NASA will fly aircraft over Baltimore, Philadelphia, parts of Virginia, and California to collect data on air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions.   The campaign supports the NASA Student Airborne Research Program…

Article1 month ago
people in search-and-rescue attire stand among rubble

NASA Announces New System to Aid Disaster Response

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In early May, widespread flooding and landslides occurred in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, leaving thousands of people without food, water, or electricity. In the following days, NASA teams provided data and imagery to help on-the-ground responders…

Article1 month ago

NASA Selects Raytheon Company to Build Landsat Next Instruments

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NASA selects Raytheon Company to provide three instruments and related services, with an option for one additional instrument, in support of the Landsat Next mission based at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The contract includes a cost-plus-award-fee…

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