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    New Video Highlights 3 Years of NASA Hurricane Research

    NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission investigated tropical cyclones in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Atlantic Basin hurricane seasons. Highlights of the mission can be seen in a new video.

  • Operation IceBridge’s planned flight lines over Arctic and Antarctic land and sea ice in Sept-Nov. 2015.

    NASA to Fly Parallel Science Campaigns at Both Poles

    For the first time in its seven years of flights, NASA's Operation IceBridge, an airborne survey of changes in Earth’s polar ice, is conducting overlapping campaigns in Antarctica and the Arctic.

  • The ICESat-2 mission flew a laser altimeter instrument aboard an aircraft over Greenland in August 2015, to determine how green laser light interacts with different types of snow and ice. (The peculiar appearance of the plane's propeller is an artifact of the way the digital camera records pixels, not all at once when an image is taken.) Credits: NASA/Mike Wusk

    Greenland Campaign Takes Flight for Better Ice Sheet Measurements

    A NASA instrument nestled in the belly of a small plane flew over Greenland’s ice sheet and the Arctic Ocean’s icy waters. Flying above creviced glaciers, chunks of ice floating in melt ponds, and the slushy edges of the ice sheets, the instrument used a rapidly firing laser to measure the elevation of the surface below.

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    NASA Global Hawk Studies Erika

    NASA’s remotely piloted Global Hawk 872 departed the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 7 a.m., August 26, for a 24 hour flight to study Tropical Storm Erika, located just east of the Leeward Islands. The aircraft is carrying instruments to measure temperature, moisture, wind speed and direction as part of the NOAA- led mission Sensing Hazards with Operational Unmanned Technology (SHOUT). The real-time data will go into the National Weather Service forecast models at the National Hurricane Center. 

  • NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland field campaign is gathering data to clarify how warm ocean water is speeding the loss of Greenland's glaciers. Credits: NordForsk

    NASA's OMG Mission Maps Greenland's Coastline

    NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) field campaign is gathering data that will help scientists both to understand how the oceans are joining with the atmosphere in melting the vast ice sheet and to predict the extent and timing of the resulting sea level rise.

  • NASA’s remotely piloted Global Hawk aircraft arrived at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility early on Saturday, Aug. 22, where it will begin a NOAA-led mission seeking to improve hurricane forecasts.

    NASA Aircraft to Begin NOAA Hurricane Mission

    NASA’s remotely piloted Global Hawk aircraft will begin flights this week in support of a NOAA-led mission to improve hurricane track and intensity forecasts.

  • Total subsidence in California's San Joaquin Valley for the period June 2007 to Dec. 2010

    California Drought Causing Valley Land to Sink

    The California Department of Water Resources today released a new NASA report showing land in the San Joaquin Valley is sinking faster than ever before, nearly 2 inches (5 centimeters) per month in some locations.

  • Understanding the capability of radar to detect high altitude icing is the goal of a NASA flight campaign about to begin in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  For the next three weeks, NASA researchers will be flying a DC-8 research plane, outfitted with state-of the-art radar and sophisticated meteorological probes to detect ice crystal icing conditions.

    Flight Campaign Studies Radar Detection of Ice Crystal Icing

    NASA researchers will be flying a DC-8 research plane, outfitted with state-of the-art radar and sophisticated meteorological probes to detect ice crystal icing conditions.

  • NASA's DC-8 makes a low approach to Edwards Air Force Base. Credits: NASA Photo / Carla Thomas

    DC-8 Reaches Milestone

    NASA's DC-8 Flying Laboratory recently reached its third decade of delivering groundbreaking science.

  • Airborne surveys of southern Alaska have helped scientists get a better handle on where ice is being lost from this heavily glaciated region. Melting ice from Alaskan glaciers is estimated to be one of the main contributors to global sea level rise.

    Alaska's Biggest (Ice) Losers are Inland

    Airborne surveys of southern Alaska have helped scientists get a better handle on where ice is being lost from this heavily glaciated region.

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    NASA Takes to Kansas Skies to Study Nighttime Thunderstorms

    NASA has joined a multi-agency field campaign studying summer storm systems in the U.S. Great Plains to find out why they often form after the sun goes down instead of during the heat of the day.

  • Students learn about the MASTER remote sensing instrument onboard the NASA DC-8

    Students Study Earth from NASA Flying Laboratory

    Thirty-two undergraduate students are participating in an eight-week NASA Airborne Science field experience designed to immerse them in the agency's Earth science research.

  • View through the cockpit window during an IceBridge flight. Credits: NASA/IceBridge

    Operation IceBridge Concludes 2015 Arctic Campaign

    Operation IceBridge wrapped up its seventh Arctic deployment on May 21, when NASA’s C-130 research aircraft with the mission’s researchers and instruments on board departed Thule Air Base in Greenland and headed to NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

  • Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf is likely to shatter into hundreds of icebergs before the end of the decade, according to a new NASA study. Credits: NSIDC/Ted Scambos

    NASA Study Shows Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf Nearing Its Final Act

    A new NASA study finds the last remaining section of Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, is quickly weakening and likely to disintegrate completely before the end of the decade.

  • NASA's DC-8 aircraft takes off from its base operations in Palmdale, California on a mission aimed at studying polar winds in the Arctic region. Credits: NASA Photo / Carla Thomas

    NASA Airborne Mission to Study Polar Winds

    NASA’s DC-8 aircraft began a series of science flights based out of Keflavik, Iceland, on May 11 aimed at studying Arctic polar winds.

  • Goddard scientists Tom Hanisco (left) and Paul Newman (right) serve as science team co-investigators on NASA’s newest Earth Venture mission, the Atmospheric Tomography Mission (ATom). One of ATom’s instruments is a device (pictured here) that Hanisco developed to measure formaldehyde more efficiently.

    New Mission to Provide Snapshot of ‘Average’ Atmosphere

    A new NASA Earth Venture mission called the Atmospheric Tomography Mission (ATom) aims to provide a snapshot of the average atmosphere.  ATom will systematically measure reactive gases and aerosols over the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, where the atmosphere is relatively clean and sensitive to change.

  • The ER-2 crew makes final adjustments on the ground in Keflavik, Iceland as the pilot and aircraft prepare for take off. Credits: NASA Photo / Brian Hobbs

    NASA ER-2 Completes Suomi-NPP Arctic Validation Mission

    NASA’s high-altitude ER-2 aircraft completed a series of validation flights last month in support of the Earth-observing NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, or Suomi NPP. The campaign was jointly sponsored by NASA and NOAA and based out of Keflavik, Iceland conducting science flights between March 7 to 31, 2015. 

  • The Norwegian research vessel R/V Lance as captured by the Digital Mapping System during an Operation IceBridge flight on March 19, 2015. IceBridge flew over a survey field established by a science team aboard the Lance as part of the airborne mission's Arctic 2015 campaign.

    IceBridge Overflies Norwegian Camp On Drifting Sea Ice

    Operation IceBridge successfully overflew a drifting Norwegian research vessel locked into the sea ice in the Fram Strait during its first flight of the 2015 Arctic field season.

  • NASA's C-130 aircraft getting readied for pressurization tests on March 16, 2015 at Wallops Flight Facility, during preparation for the Arctic 2015 Operation IceBridge field campaign. The mission¹s usual research aircraft in the Arctic, a P-3, is currently getting new wings.

    Operation IceBridge Debuts Its Seventh Arctic Campaign

    NASA's Operation IceBridge, an airborne survey of polar ice, successfully completed its first Greenland research flight of 2015 on March 19, thus launching its seventh Arctic campaign. This year’s science flights over Arctic sea and land ice will continue until May 22.

  • East Antarctic coastline. Icebergs are highlighted by the sunlight, and the open ocean appears black. Image Credit:  NASA

    UTexas-NASA Study Sees New Threat to East Antarctic Ice

    Researchers have discovered two seafloor troughs that could allow warm ocean water to reach the base of Totten Glacier, East Antarctica's largest and most rapidly thinning glacier.

  • NASA’s Global Hawk aircraft takes off from its base operations in Edwards, California to fly near the equator over the Pacific Ocean in the tropical tropopause layer.

    NASA and Partners begin 2015 CAST ATTREX Mission

    NASA scientists will study the movement of water vapor and greenhouse gases in the tropical tropopause region during this year's CAST ATTREX Mission

  • A sixth grade class at Central Elementary School in Tioga, North Dakota participated in NASA's 2014 Operation Ice Bridge Mission using the Mission Tool Suite for Education (MTSE) website.

    NASA Brings the Spirit of Adventure into the Classroom

    Across the United States and around the world, students now can participate in deployed NASA Airborne Science Missions.

  • NASA's ER-2 research aircraft.

    NASA Aircraft, Spacecraft Aid Atmospheric River Study

    NASA is part of a major field campaign studying intense atmospheric river storms from the ocean, land, air and space.

  • Educators visited NASA Wallops Flight Facility on to learn about the HS3 mission, tour the Global Hawk, the Global Hawk Operations Center and meet with HS3 mission personnel.

    NASA Hurricane Mission Connects to K-12 Classrooms

    The HS3 team shared the excitement of their scientific mission with K-12 students and teachers across the United States through summer teacher workshops, educator days at NASA Wallops, in-person classroom visits by mission personnel, live remote classroom chats and flight/hurricane tracking.

  • Peering into the thousands of frozen layers inside Greenland’s ice sheet is like looking back in time. Each layer provides a record of what Earth’s climate was like at the dawn of civilization, or during the last ice age, or during an ancient period of warmth similar to the one we experience today. Image Credit:  NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio

    NASA Data Peers into Greenland’s Ice Sheet

    Scientists using ice-penetrating radar data collected by NASA’s Operation IceBridge and earlier airborne campaigns have built the first-ever comprehensive map of layers deep inside the Greenland Ice Sheet.

  • The ER-2, which is one of NASA's environmental research aircraft, lands following a mission. Image Credit:  NASA / Tom Tschida

    NASA Airborne Science Aircraft Monitoring the Environment

    Climate scientists are using NASA's flying assets to gather information about how the global Earth system is changing and how it is predicted it may change in the future.

  • Glaciers seen during NASA's Operation IceBridge research flight to West Antarctica on Oct. 29, 2014. Image Credit:  NASA/Michael Studinger

    West Antarctic Melt Rate Has Tripled: NASA-UC Irvine

    Airborne measurements along with data from satellite observations and other sources shows that the melt rate of portions of West Antarctica has tripled in the last 10 years.

  • Collage of Global Hawk photos taken during the 2014 mission. Image Credit:  NASA/ Brian Kelly and Erin Czech

    HS3 Hurricane Mission Investigated Four Tropical Cyclones in 2014

    NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission investigated four tropical cyclones in the 2014 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season: Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard and Gonzalo. The storms affected land areas in the Atlantic Ocean Basin and were at different stages during the investigations.

  • The DC-8 airborne laboratory is one of several NASA aircraft that will fly in support of five new investigations into how different aspects of the interconnected Earth system influence climate change.

    NASA Airborne Campaigns Tackle Climate Questions from Africa to Arctic

    Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate.

  • A rock outcrop and ice near Antarctica’s Fleming Glacier seen during the Nov. 16, 2014, IceBridge survey flight. Credit: NASA / Michael Studinger

    IceBridge 2014 Antarctic Campaign Concludes

    NASA’s Operation IceBridge completed four more surveys of the Antarctic, bringing the mission’s six-week-long field campaign to a close.