• Mt. Dana and Dana Plateau

    NASA Opens New Era in Measuring Western U.S. Snowpack

    A new NASA airborne mission has created the first maps of the entire snowpack of two major mountain watersheds in California and Colorado, producing the most accurate measurements to date of how much water they hold.

  • Glacier in the Wrangell mountains

    NASA Radar Collects GLISTIN Ice and Glacier Data

    NASA's C-20A-mounted UAVSAR collected data about glaciers, snow and ice during recent flights over Alaska, the Beaufort Sea and the Sierra Nevada.

  • Saunders Island and Wolstenholme Fjord with Kap Atholl in the background seen during an IceBridge survey flight.

    NASA's IceBridge Finishing Up Successful Arctic Campaign

    With several weeks of science flights in the books, researchers with NASA's Operation IceBridge are on the way to completing another successful campaign to maintain and expand a dataset that started with NASA's ICESat in 2003, and gather additional Arctic ice measurements that can improve computer models of sea and land ice.

  • ACCESS Media Day in the Hangar

    Lights, Camera, ACCESS

    At NASA's Langley hangar, Bruce Anderson, project scientist for the ACCESS (Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions) experiment, stood in between NASA's HU-25C airplane and a group of media visitors armed with cameras, notepads, and smartphones as he explained the recently completed series of flights.

  • NASA ER-2

    NASA's HyspIRI Imager: More Than Meets the Eye

    Prior to flying the Hyperspectral Infrared Imager in space, preparatory science investigations are underway using a similar sensor on NASA's ER-2.

  • AMS Sensor Image

    Media Invited to View Wildfire Sensor On US Forest Service Jet

    Media are invited to view the USFS jet on the tarmac in front of the Moffett Tower and talk to USFS, NASA and CALFIRE personnel.

  • Ice covered fjord on Baffin Island

    Operation IceBridge Continues Arctic Flights

    IceBridge closed out the fourth week of its Arctic campaign with a flight over the striking landscape of eastern Greenland's Geikie Peninsula and a survey of a Canadian ice cap.

  • AMS instrument image

    NASA Imaging Sensor Prepares for Western Wildfire Season

    NASA-developed wildfire imaging sensor has begun test flights onboard a USFS aircraft in preparation for this year's wildfire season.

  • Napo River in Ecuador and Peru

    NASA Flies Radar South on Wide-Ranging Expedition

    A versatile NASA airborne imaging radar system is showcasing its broad scientific prowess for studying our home planet during a month-long expedition over the Americas.

  • RQ-14 Dragon Eye UAVs

    NASA Flies Dragon Eye Unmanned Aircraft Into Volcanic Plume

    NASA Earth science researchers recently traveled to Turrialba Volcano, near San Jose, Costa Rica to study its chemical environment.

  • The NASA P-3B sits in the hangar at Thule Air Base

    NASA Begins New Season of Arctic Ice Science Flights

    NASA's Operation IceBridge scientists have begun another season of research activity over Arctic ice sheets and sea ice with the first of a series of science flights from Greenland completed on Wednesday.

  • NASA Langley's heavily instrumented HU-25 Falcon measures chemical components of the exhaust streaming from the DC-8's engines

    NASA Begins Alternate-Fuel Flight Research Tests

    Heavily instrumented Falcon jet measures soot, gases streaming from NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory using alternative 50/50 JP8-biofuel mix.

  • Students from the Palmdale Aerospace Academy in Palmdale, Calif., got a first-hand look at NASA's two autonomously operated Global Hawk science aircraft during their field trip to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center

    Aerospace Academy Students Explore ATTREX Mission

    Middle schoolers explore how NASA utilizes unmanned aircraft and 21st century technology to investigate the Earth’s atmosphere and climate.

  • The NASA P-3B made low approaches at local airports during the mission, getting as low as 100 feet to make key air quality measurements. Shown here is the Bakersfield regional airport.

    Air Quality Research Campaign Concludes in California

    The DISCOVER-AQ team completed their second destination in a five-year mission to study the air we breathe.

  • Students spelled out "HI" as the NASA P-3B aircraft flew over them during the DISCOVER-AQ field campaign

    NASA/GLOBE Hand Down Pollution Studies to Calif. Students

    Teachers are parlaying interest in the DISCOVER-AQ campaign into science lessons for students.

  • Sea ice ridge at one of the CryoSat-2 validation sites

    NASA Scientists Part of Arctic Sea Ice Study

    NASA data and scientists contributed to a new study out of the United Kingdom that shows Arctic sea ice volume declining in recent years.

  • 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.