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  • Media interview a member of the flight crew of NASA's P-3B environmental science aircraft about the DISCOVER-AQ air quality survey mission

    NASA Airborne Science: Studying our Environment

    News media, social media followers and educators learn about NASA's airborne Earth and environmental science program, briefed on current and upcoming missions.

  • The brightness, or "intensity," and polarization of reflected light provide different information about the elements that make up a scene, apparent in this set of images collected by the Airborne Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager (AirMSPI)

    PODEX Experiment to Reshape Future of Atmospheric Science

    David Starr, project scientist of the PODEX experiment, discusses a new class of instruments that could reshape the next generation of atmospheric science.

  • Technicians at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., prepare a B200 aircraft for the DISCOVER-AQ air pollution measurement mission in California.

    NASA Working to Improve Air Quality Knowledge

    Residents in Calif.'s San Joaquin Valley will see some unusual air traffic over their region in January and February of 2013 -- two NASA aircraft will fly between Bakersfield and Fresno - one as close as 1,000 feet to the ground – to measure air pollution with a number of onboard science instruments.

  • The view from a Global Hawk

    NASA Chases Climate Change Clues

    Starting this month NASA will start the first flights of the Airborne Tropical TRopopause EXperiment (ATTREX).

  • A Digital Mapping System (DMS) mosaic of Arctic sea ice

    IceBridge Data Brings New Twist to Sea Ice Forecasting

    Sea ice thickness data gathered in April 2012 by NASA's Operation IceBridge has been used in seasonal sea ice forecasts for the first time.

  • NASA ER-2 806

    ER-2 806 on Flight Status; Science Missions Slated

    After a maintenance period that included several upgrades, the high-altitude aircraft is ready for new series of Earth and space science missions.

  • NASA P-3B In Flight

    NASA to Showcase Airborne Science for Social Media

    NASA's P-3B, other science aircraft and several airborne Earth science missions to be focus of Jan. 25 event at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center.

  • NASA's MQ-9 Predator B unmanned aircraft, the Ikhana, is shown during a Southern California wildfire imaging mission in October 2007

    Space Act Agreement Expands Ikhana CC2 Capabilities

    NASA / GA-ASI agreement covers development and flight testing of new command and control system to enable operations in remote geographical regions.

  • Ice on the Ellsworth Range in Antarctica as seen from the NASA DC-8

    Antarctic IceBridge Flights: a Record of Change

    Researchers with NASA's Operation IceBridge recently completed a five-week field campaign based out of Punta Arenas, Chile.

  • The synthetic aperture radar developed by JPL is carried in a pod slung beneath NASA's Gulfstream C-20A / G-III environmental science research aircraft.

    Radar Survey Flights Resume Over San Andreas Fault

    JPL's synthetic aperture radar carried by NASA's C-20A can document any subtle deformation in the Earth's surface along the central San Andreas Fault.

  • Global Hawk taking off

    NASA's HS3 Hurricane Mission Ends for 2012

    NASA's 2012 HS3 mission came to an end Nov. 6 when an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft flew a final data-collection mission in the North Pacific Ocean.

  • Sea ice conditions during the time of the CryoSat-2 underpass over the Weddell Sea on Nov. 7, 2012

    2012 Antarctic IceBridge Mission Concludes

    NASA's Operation IceBridge closed out its 2012 Antarctic season with two surveys of Antarctic glaciers and two long-awaited flights over sea ice in the Weddell Sea.

  • Ambassador Wolff and Ms. Jinnette exiting the DC-8 after another successful IceBridge survey flight.

    Operation IceBridge Hosts Distinguished Guests

    U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Alejandro Wolff, and his Secretary for Economic Affairs, Josanda Jinnette, flew onboard the NASA DC-8 over Antarctica on October 25, 2012

  • NASA UAVSAR image of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

    NASA Radar Penetrates Thick, Thin of Gulf Oil Spill

    Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena have developed a method to use a specialized NASA 3-D imaging radar to characterize the oil in oil spills, such as the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The research can be used to improve response operations during future marine oil spills.

  • Crew of NASA's Airborne Science C-20A

    NASA C-20A Completes Radar Study of Pacific Rim Volcanoes

    NASA's Airborne Science C-20A, carrying a synthetic aperture radar, recently completed a study of volcanoes in Alaska, Aleutian Islands and Japan.

  • NASA DC-8 over the Pacific

    Operation IceBridge Resumes Antarctic Flights

    Scientists and flight crew members with NASA's airborne mission to study Earth's polar ice are beginning another Antarctic campaign.

  • Christy Hansen

    Students Invited to Connect with NASA Earth Explorers

    NASA Earth explorers will take students on virtual trips around the world to inspire them to pursue science, technology, engineering and math careers.

  • 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.

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