• NASA Airborne Science ER-2 aircraft

    NASA's ER-2 Checks Out Atmospheric Science Sensors

    A NASA ER-2 is conducting engineering evaluations of and collecting science data with TWiLiTE and NAST-I atmospheric sensors.

  • Global Hawk flight paths over Tropical Storm Nadine in the Atlantic Ocean

    HS3 Mission Thoroughly Investigates Long-Lived Hurricane Nadine

    NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel scientists had a fascinating tropical cyclone to study in long-lived Hurricane Nadine.  NASA's Global Hawk aircraft has investigated Nadine five times during the storm's lifetime.

  • This UAVSAR interferogram shows active volcano Mount St. Helens (left) and dormant volcano Mount Adams, both in Washington state.

    NASA Airborne Radar to Study Volcanoes in Alaska and Japan

    NASA's Airborne Science C-20A, carrying JPL's UAVSAR sensor, travels to Alaska and Japan this week for a radar imaging study of active volcanoes.

  • CPL instrument with the Global Hawk. Credit: NASA

    Cutting-Edge Technology Makes NASA's Hurricane Mission a Reality

    Scientists are currently flying a suite of state-of-the-art instruments that are gathering difficult-to-obtain measurements of wind speeds, precipitation, and cloud structures in and around tropical storms.

  • SIERRA unmanned aircraft

    NASA Explores Underground Substructures Below Fault

    The Sensor Integrated Environmental Remote Research Aircraft (SIERRA) allows scientists to explore hidden underground substructures below Surprise Valley fault.

  • ER-2 arrives at NASA Wallops

    High-Flying NASA Aircraft Helps Develop New Science Instruments

    Over the next few weeks, an ER-2 high altitude research aircraft will take part in the development of two future satellite instruments.

  • Diagram of HS3 flight path over Tropical Storm Nadine

    NASA Global Hawk Watches Tropical Storm Nadine's 'Birth'

    Tropical Depression 14 strengthened into Tropical Storm Nadine while NASA's Global Hawk aircraft captured the event. While the Global Hawk was gathering data over the storm, NASA satellites were also analyzing Nadine from space.

  • Global Hawk flies around Hurricane Leslie

    NASA's HS3 Mission Begins with Flight to Hurricane Leslie

    NASA has begun its latest hurricane science field campaign by flying an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft over Hurricane Leslie in the Atlantic Ocean during a day-long flight that began in California and ended in Virginia.

  • Technicians work on an instrument under a fuselage

    Two Hurricane Global Hawks, Two Sets of Instruments

    HS3 will study hurricanes at the end of the summer, flying two high-altitude, long-duration unmanned aircraft with different instruments over the storms.

  • Heather Arkinson monitoring the In-Situ Formaldehyde Instrument

    NASA's New Way to Track Formaldehyde

    Urban pollution, such as formaldehyde, that winds up in Earth's upper atmosphere can wreak havoc on the ozone layer.

  • The Large Area Collector sensor is carried under the wing of a NASA ER-2

    NASA ER-2 Collects Perseid Meteor Shower Dust

    NASA's ER-2 is using underwing Large Area Collectors to collect cosmic dust during the Perseid meteor shower the second week of August.

  • Slumgullion landslide in southwestern Colorado

    NASA Conducts Airborne Study of Colorado Landslide

    Radar images of Colorado's centuries-old Slumgullion landslide from NASA's C-20A Earth science aircraft aid scientists' understanding of slide motion.

  • NASA's Global Hawk Operations Center

    Hurricane Study a Challenge to Global Hawk Pilots

    NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel mission will require Global Hawk pilots to fly the unmanned aircraft from two locations on opposite coasts.

  • Smoke and clouds seen from an airplane

    When Wildfire Smoke and Thunderstorms Collide

    The Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry (DC3) airborne campaign got an up-close look at what happens when wildfire smoke makes its way into a thunderstorm.

  • NASA P-3B at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility

    College Students Study the Earth From NASA's P-3B Flying Lab

    Thirty-two undergraduate and graduate students are participating in a NASA Airborne Science Program field experience at NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif. this week designed to immerse them in the agency's Earth science research.

  • Flight and ground crew team of NASA's C-20A (G-III) environmental science research aircraft

    NASA C-20A Wrapping up Iceland Ice Caps Survey

    Flight and ground crew of NASA's environmental science research aircraft host visit by U.S. ambassador to Iceland during stay in Keflavik.

  • The DMS expert explains the instrument to teachers-in-the-field accompanying the IceBridge flight

    Teachers Experience Arctic Research with IceBridge

    During the 2012 Arctic campaign, teachers from the United States, Denmark and Greenland joined IceBridge researchers as they surveyed Greenland's sea ice, ice sheet and glaciers.

  • NASA's C-20A Airborne Science research aircraft taxis in at Keflavik International Airport

    NASA Airborne Radar Studies Icelandic Ice Caps

    A NASA science aircraft carrying a specially designed synthetic aperture radar is currently in Iceland as part of a study to derive 3D surface velocity fields for two of the country's ice caps.

  • Instrument probes protrude from NASA's DC-8 Airborne Science flying laboratory

    NASA DC-8, NCAR G-V Continue Bumpy Science Flights

    Two flying science laboratories fly around thunderstorm cores and anvil clouds over the central U.S. during NCAR's DC3 atmospheric science campaign.

  • 2 brothers

    NASA Science Grips Two Brothers

    Two principal researchers on several airborne sensors had more in common than conducting atmospheric research. Gerry and Andy Heymsfield are brothers.

  • Satellite view of Tropical Depression Beryl over Florida

    NASA Sending Unmanned Aircraft Over Hurricanes

    Beginning this summer and over the next several years, NASA will be sending unmanned aircraft dubbed "severe storm sentinels" above stormy skies to help researchers and forecasters uncover information about hurricane formation and intensity changes.

  • Thunderstorm supercell photographed from NASA's DC-8 from an altitude of 40,000 ft

    DC3 Thunderstorm Study Science Flights Underway

    Complex environmental science campaign over central U.S. to aid scientists' understanding of how large thunderstorms affect atmospheric chemistry.

  • Map of P-3 2012 Arctic Flight Tracks

    2012 Arctic IceBridge Complete

    The NASA P-3 has returned home to Wallops Flight Facility after completing a record number of science flight hours for Operation IceBridge.

  • NASA's DC-8 Earth Science laboratory

    DC3: Chemistry of Thunderstorms

    NASA researchers begin a campaign that will take them into the heart of thunderstorm country.

  • Convergence of two glaciers near Thule, Greenland seen from NASA's ER-2

    NASA's ER-2 Completes MABEL Validation Deployment

    The weather, the aircraft and the science instruments cooperated to successfully validate data from the MABEL laser altimeter planned for IceSat-2.

  • NASA HU-25C Aircraft

    NASA Langley Aircraft Joins Operation IceBridge

    NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., deployed its newly acquired HU-25C jet as part of NASA's Operation IceBridge.

  • Glacier on the east coast of Greeenland from the ER-2. Credit: NASA/Stu Broce

    Good Ice Sheet Data Obtained on MABEL Flights

    Recent validation flights of the MABEL laser altimeter on NASA's ER-2 are recording data on sea and land-ice elevation and thickness.

  • Map of the 2012 Arctic campaign's sea ice flight. Credit: Michael Studinger/NAS

    IceBridge: A New Home and a New Engine

    IceBridge scientists and crew finished the first round of survey flights from Thule, Greenland and moved their base of operations south to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

  • Ground crew members load fuel aboard NASA's ER-2 research aircraft in Iceland

    NASA ER-2 Completes MABEL Science Flight Over Greenland

    A NASA ER-2 completed the first MABEL laser altimeter validation flight over northwest Greenland on Easter Sunday.

  • The icy expanse of Greenland from the cockpit of a NASA ER-2

    NASA ER-2 Arrives in Iceland for MABEL Validation

    A NASA ER-2 Earth science aircraft has arrived in Keflavik, Iceland, to begin a series of flights to confirm the accuracy of a new laser altimeter.