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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
NASA Goes on Top of the Smokies, All Covered in Light Rain
Apr 24, 2012 17:11 PM E
If you walk into a cloud at the top of a mountain with a cup to slake your thirst, it might take a while for your cup to fill. The tiny, barely-there droplets are difficult to see, and for scientists they, along with rain and snow, are among the hardest variables to measure in Earth Science, says Ana Barros, professor of engineering at Duke University.
Blazar Search
NASA's WISE Mission Sees Skies Ablaze With Blazars
Apr 24, 2012 16:20 PM E
Astronomers are actively hunting a class of supermassive black holes throughout the universe called blazars, thanks to data collected by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The mission has revealed more than 200 blazars and has the potential to find thousands more.
Geoff Blewitt, University of Nevada, Reno
Reno GPS Technology Used for NASA Quake Monitoring Test
Apr 24, 2012 16:04 PM E
GPS technology developed and implemented at the University of Nevada, Reno will be the centerpiece of a major test this year by NASA to pinpoint the location and magnitude of strong earthquakes along the West Coast of the United States. The project was announced by NASA today.
NASA Terra Satellite Image of Popocatepetl Volcano
NASA's New Satellite Picture of 1 Week's Ash Activity from Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano
Apr 24, 2012 09:45 AM E
Satellites continue to provide a look at the ash and gas clouds being emitted from Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano. NASA has animated imagery from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite to provide a week long look at the volcano's activity.
Hubble
Hubble's Panoramic View of a Turbulent Star-making Region
Apr 24, 2012 09:32 AM E
Several million stars are vying for attention in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of a raucous stellar breeding ground in 30 Doradus, located in the heart of the Tarantula nebula.
Artic ice
Latest CryoSat Result about Artic Ice Revealed
Apr 24, 2012 06:36 AM E
After nearly a year and a half of operations, CryoSat has yielded its first seasonal variation map of Arctic sea-ice thickness. Results from ESA's ice mission were presented today at the Royal Society in London.
SpaceX
SpaceX Delays Its Trip to Space Station
Apr 24, 2012 05:58 AM E
Space Exploration Technologies, a privately held firm founded and run by entrepreneur Elon Musk, is delaying its trial cargo run to the International Space Station, Musk announced Monday.
Peter Diamandis
Tech Billionaires Bankroll Gold Rush to Mine Asteroids
Apr 24, 2012 05:39 AM E
Google Inc executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt and filmmaker James Cameron are among those bankrolling a venture to survey and eventually extract precious metals and rare minerals from asteroids that orbit near Earth, the company said on Tuesday.
Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Washington State University
WSU Astrobiologist Proposes Fleet of Probes to Seek Life on Mars
Apr 23, 2012 16:16 PM E
A Washington State University astrobiologist is leading a group of 20 scientists in calling for a mission to Mars with "a strong and comprehensive life detection component." At the heart of their proposal is a small fleet of sensor packages that can punch into the Martian soil and run a range of tests for signs of ancient or existing life.
Carbon
Study Finds Surprising Arctic Methane Emission Source
Apr 23, 2012 12:23 PM E
The fragile and rapidly changing Arctic region is home to large reservoirs of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. As Earth's climate warms, the methane, frozen in reservoirs stored in Arctic tundra soils or marine sediments, is vulnerable to being released into the atmosphere, where it can add to global warming.
Sofia
NASA Selects Science Instrument Upgrade For Flying Observatory
Apr 23, 2012 08:57 AM E
NASA has selected a science instrument upgrade to the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) airborne observatory. The instrument, the High-resolution Airborne Wideband Camera (HAWC), will provide a sensitive, versatile and reliable imaging capability to the SOFIA user community.
Wave clouds
Wave Clouds Near Île aux Cochons, Southern Indian Ocean
Apr 23, 2012 08:44 AM E
This astronaut photograph illustrates the formation of wave clouds in the wake, or downwind side, of Île aux Cochons ("Pig Island") in the southern Indian Ocean.
ESA
International Space Station Symposium in Berlin
Apr 23, 2012 07:06 AM E
Top scientists and heads of the five International Space Station partner space agencies will meet in Berlin on 2-4 May to present results from more than ten years of scientific activities on the orbital outpost and to elaborate on future research perspectives.
Desert
Empty Quarter, Arabian Peninsula
Apr 22, 2012 14:26 PM E
Sprawling over parts of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates, the Empty Quarter-or Rub' al Khali-is the world's largest sand sea. Roughly the size of France, the Empty Quarter holds about half as much sand as the entire Sahara Desert.
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