• 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.

  • Flight path of the NASA P-3 Orion in yellow during the joint sea ice science mis

    IceBridge International Collaboration

    NASA’s Operation IceBridge and the European Space Agency’s CryoVEx campaign coordinated flights of two aircraft from different locations over the Arctic Ocean on a track flown shortly before by ESA’s CryoSat-2 spacecraft.

  • NASA's ER-2 Earth Resources aircraft No. 806

    NASA ER-2 to Check Out MABEL Laser Altimeter

    A NASA ER-2 Earth Resources aircraft will fly a number of high-altitude missions this spring to validate the accuracy of a new laser altimeter.

  • NASA's P-3B is pulled from the hangar onto the frozen runway at Thule, Greenland

    NASA's IceBridge 2012 Arctic Campaign Takes to the Skies

    Researchers and flight crew with NASA's Operation IceBridge, an airborne mission to study changes in polar ice, begin the 2012 Arctic campaign.

  • Southeast Asia

    NASA Plans Airborne Scientific Study in Southeast Asia

    Researchers will probe the Southeast Asian atmosphere at a time when weather systems and air pollution pump chemicals and particles high into the air.

  • NASA's Gulfstream III Aircraft No. 992

    UAVSAR Installed on JSC G-III for AirMOSS Study

    Technicians at NASA Dryden recently installed a synthetic aperture radar on a Johnson Space Center Gulfstream III for planned Earth science mission.

  • NASA DC-8 in flight

    NASA Completes GCPEx Snow Study over Canada

    NASA's DC-8 airborne science laboratory completes six-week Global Cold-season Precipitation Experiment mission, returns to Palmdale base.

  • Student operates Whole Air Sampler on NASA DC-8

    NASA Science Aircraft to Travel the Globe in 2012

    NASA's Airborne Science Program operates highly specialized aircraft that will be deployed all over the world in 2012 for Earth science missions.

  • snowflakes

    NASA's GCPEX Mission: What We Don't Know about Snow

    A Snow Video Imager near a Canadian research station in Egbert, Ontario, captured these falling snowflakes as part of NASA's GCPEx mission.