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Tool makes search for Martian life easier

RICHLAND, Wash. -- Finding life on Mars could get easier with a creative adaption to a common analytical tool that can be installed directly on the robotic arm of a space rover. In a recent paper published online in the journal Planetary and S...

GOES-13 Satellite sees Groundhog’s Day on ice

Punxsutawney Phil predicted that spring will come on time, and NASA satellite data suggests that residents in more than one-third of the U.S. are now anxious for the prediction to come true. A massive winter storm touched 30 states over the...

NASA’s TRMM Satellite sees TD10S strengthen into Tropical Storm Bianca

The life of a cyclone is a complex one, and NASA satellites have kept track of a low that has now become Tropical Storm Bianca just off the northern coast of Western Australia. What began as a low pressure system designated as System 98S on ...

Cyclone Wilma’s eye catches attention of NASA satellites

Wilma caught the eye of NASA. NASA's Aqua satellite captured visible and infrared images of Cyclone Wilma in the Southwestern Pacific Ocean and her eye was clearly visible from space. On January 25 at 00:59 UTC (8:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 24), the A...

Swift survey finds ‘missing’ active galaxies

Seen in X-rays, the entire sky is aglow. Even far away from bright sources, X-rays originating from beyond our galaxy provide a steady glow in every direction. Astronomers have long suspected that the chief contributors to this cosmic X-ray ba...

Hotspots in fountains on the sun’s surface help explain coronal heating...

GREENBELT, Md. -- Observations from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and the Japanese satellite Hinode show that some gas in the giant, fountain-like jets in the sun's atmosphere known as spicules can reach temperatures of millions of deg...

GOES satellites watch 2011 approach, look back at 2010

The GOES series of satellites keep an eye on the weather happening over the continental U.S. and eastern Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and had a busy time with wild weather in 2010. Today, GOES-13 captured one of the last images of North and Sou...

GOES-13 satellite captures powerful snowmaker leaving New England

Snows are finally winding down in New England today, Dec. 27, as a powerful low pressure system brought blizzard conditions from northern New Jersey to Maine over Christmas weekend. The GOES-13 satellite captured an image of the low's center o...

Plant consumption rising significantly as population grows and economies develop

Humans are consuming an increasing amount of the Earth's total annual land plant production, new NASA research has found. As the human population continues to grow and more societies develop modern economies, this rate of consumption is increasing...

‘Greener’ climate prediction shows plants slow warming

GREENBELT, Md. -- A new NASA computer modeling effort has found that additional growth of plants and trees in a world with doubled atmospheric carbon dioxide levels would create a new negative feedback -- a cooling effect -- in the Earth's c...

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