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Climate ensembles help to identify detection time of human-caused climate signals

September 25, 2019

By comparing observations to large ensembles of climate model simulations, scientists can now better isolate when human-caused climate…
Tektites don’t come from the moon, but might help scientists understand how it formed

August 16, 2019

Impact events are relatively common. The objects known as shooting stars are actually small meteors burning up as…
Why even a small change in Earth’s carbon dioxide makes a big difference

August 13, 2019

“Just because it’s a small percentage of the atmosphere, that in no way means it’s unimportant,” explains U…
Geoengineering versus a volcano

August 6, 2019

Major volcanic eruptions spew ash particles into the atmosphere, which reflect some of the Sun’s radiation back into…
NASA’s Spacecraft Atmosphere Monitor Goes to Work Aboard the International Space Station

July 30, 2019

NASA is validating modern crew health technologies aboard the International Space Station before sending astronauts on a series…
Tunguska Revisited: 111-Year-Old Mystery Impact Inspires New, More Optimistic Asteroid Predictions

June 28, 2019

Every single day, many tons of tiny rocks – smaller than pebbles – hit the Earth’s atmosphere and…
Scientists discover the source of new CFC emissions

May 28, 2019

Since 2013, annual emissions of a banned chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) have increased by around 7,000 tonnes from eastern China,…
Sandia launches a bus into space

May 28, 2019

HOT SHOT sounding rocket program picks up flight pace. Sandia National Laboratories recently launched a bus into space.…
OCO-3 Ready to Extend NASA’s Study of Carbon

May 1, 2019

When the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3, OCO-3, heads to the International Space Station, it will bring a new…
Is it true that air is 21 % oxygen? For most of us – not really

March 30, 2019

In school you learn that the air you are breathing contains 21 % oxygen, 78 % nitrogen and…
NASA Instruments Image Fireball over Bering Sea

March 23, 2019

On Dec. 18, 2018, a large “fireball” – the term used for exceptionally bright meteors that are visible over…
Oxygen levels changed in the past 2 billion years more than previously believed

March 16, 2019

Earth’s atmosphere is about 21 % oxygen – this fact is pretty much in every handbook of natural…
NASA Selects Mission to Study Space Weather from Space Station

February 26, 2019

NASA has selected a new mission that will help scientists understand and, ultimately, forecast the vast space weather…
Climate change science marks 40th anniversary of three key events that signified turning point

February 26, 2019

During the same decade that saw the Beatles breakup, the Watergate scandal, the first Earth Day and the…
Lancaster scientists among international experts reporting on ozone layer recovery

February 22, 2019

While the ozone layer is recovering thanks to international action, banned substances are still being released and not…
Polar vortex: The science behind the cold

February 14, 2019

The polar vortex, a swirl of low-pressure air six miles up in the atmosphere, blasted much of the…
2018 Fourth Warmest Year in Continued Warming Trend, According to NASA, NOAA

February 7, 2019

Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest since 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA…
NASA, NOAA to Announce 2018 Global Temperatures, Climate Conditions

February 5, 2019

Climate experts from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will provide the annual release of…
G-CHASER launches from the Andøya Space Center in Norway. Credit: NASA/Chris Perry
Learning on the Job: Student Rocket Launches From Norway

February 5, 2019

Before arriving in Andenes, Norway, on Jan. 3, 2019, Alvaro Guerra and Erica Venkatesulu — both juniors at…
New study finds chloroform emissions, on the rise in East Asia, could delay ozone recovery by up to eight years

December 21, 2018

Earlier this year, the United Nations announced that the ozone layer, which shields the Earth from the sun’s…
Clouds with a chance of warming

December 21, 2018

Researchers from Argonne’s Environmental Science division participated in one of the largest collaborative atmospheric measurement campaigns in Antarctica…
Cloud or no cloud, that is the question

December 13, 2018

Kids lying on their backs in a grassy field might scan the clouds for images—perhaps a fluffy bunny…
This composite photo shows The Twin Rockets to Investigate Cusp Electrodynamics or TRICE-2 that were launched at 3:26 and 3:28 a.m. EST, Dec. 8, 2018, from the Andoya Space Center in Andenes, Norway. The motors firing on the sides of the first stages spin the rocket to assist in stabilization during flight. The mission is one of nine international missions through January 2020 called the Grand Challenge Initiative – Cusp. Credit: NASA/Jamie Adkins
NASA Sounding Rockets Carry TRICE-2 over Norwegian Sea

December 11, 2018

Two NASA sounding rockets successfully flew over the Norwegian Sea early in the morning December 8 carrying an…
Study: Earth’s polar regions communicate via oceanic “postcards,” atmospheric “text messages”

November 30, 2018

Scientists have documented a two-part climatic connection between the North Atlantic Ocean and Antarctica, a fast atmospheric channel…
Sandia delivers first DOE sounding rocket program since 1990s

October 23, 2018

HOT SHOT to validate missile technologies more quickly, carry scientific experiments A new rocket program could help cut…
JPL Airborne Mission Is One of Five New Earth Ventures

September 27, 2018

Five new NASA Earth science campaigns, including one from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, will take…
Shift in large-scale Atlantic circulation causes lower-oxygen water to invade Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence

September 24, 2018

The Gulf of St. Lawrence has warmed and lost oxygen faster than almost anywhere else in the global…
Researchers discover new source of formic acid over Pacific, Indian oceans

September 6, 2018

Sunlight drives molecules far from equilibrium, enabling new chemical pathways Insights from experiments at Sandia National Laboratories designed…
Touchdown! NASA’s Football Stadium-sized Scientific Balloon Takes Flight

September 1, 2018

NASA successfully launched a football stadium-sized scientific balloon, dubbed the “Big 60,” on Friday, Aug. 17, from Fort…
Drought increases CO2 concentration in the air

August 30, 2018

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rises faster during drier years because struggling ecosystems absorb less…
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