Climate & Radiation: Mission
We investigate atmospheric radiation, both as a driver for climate change and as a tool for the remote sensing of Earth's atmosphere and surface. Our Climate research program seeks to better understand how our planet reached its present state, and how it may respond to future drivers, both natural and anthropogenic.
- International Spacecraft Carrying NASA?s Aquarius Instrument Ends Operations
An international Earth-observing mission launched in 2011 to study the salinity of the ocean surface ended June 8 when an essential part of the power and attitude control system for the SAC-D spacecraft, which carries NASA's Aquarius instrument, stopped operating. The Aquarius instrument successfully achieved its science objectives and completed it
- NASA Releases Detailed Global Climate Change Projections
NASA has released data showing how temperature and rainfall patterns worldwide may change through the year 2100 because of growing concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth?s atmosphere.
- Media Accreditation Opens for Launch of Ocean-Measuring Satellite
Registration is open for U.S. and international media to cover the July 22 launch of Jason-3, the fourth mission in a series of satellite missions that measure the height of the ocean surface.
- NASA Soil Moisture Mission Begins Science Operations
NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or thawed has begun science operations.
- 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 Airborne Mission to Focus on 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.
- NASA Administrator Statement on House Authorization Bill
Statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the House of Representatives? NASA authorization bill
- GLOBE Program Marks 20 Years of Global Earth Science Education
On Earth Day, April 22, NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) celebrate 20 years of international cooperation and collaboration to engage students, scientists, and teachers in 114 countries in the scientific exploration of Earth?s environments and climate.
- NASA, USGS Begin Work on Landsat 9 to Continue Land Imaging Legacy
NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have started work on Landsat 9, planned to launch in 2023, which will extend the Earth-observing program?s record of land images to half a century.
- NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Public Events, Online Activities
NASA will celebrate the 45th annual Earth Day April 17-22 with a variety of live and online activities to engage the public in the agency?s mission to better understand and protect our home planet.
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