NASA’s carbon observatory set for liftoff despite attempts to defund the project

NASA’s carbon observatory set for liftoff despite attempts to defund the project

Despite the Trump administration’s best efforts to cut funding for NASA’ s carbon dioxide tracking instrument OCO-3, the observatory is scheduled to make its way to the Internationa Space Station (ISS) this week. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) explained that from its perch on the space station, OCO-3 will observe near-global measurements of carbon dioxide on land and sea

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One Cool Thing: How We See Earth From Space #PictureEarth

One Cool Thing: How We See Earth From Space #PictureEarth

As we celebrate Earth Week, there is no better way to remember why we work so hard to conserve it, than to gaze down at our home from above.  NASA collected and published this week a video compilation of the best satellite images and data visualizations they captured over the last year. In these images, […]

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Astronaut Christina Koch aims for record-setting 328 days in space

Astronaut Christina Koch aims for record-setting 328 days in space

NASA announced on Tuesday that astronaut Christina Koch will have her mission on the International Space Station extended and will likely break the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman (currently, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson holds that record with 288 days). As Space.com explained, “Koch, who launched to the space station on March 14 […]

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Interview of the Week:  Kathy Sullivan

Interview of the Week: Kathy Sullivan

Kathy Sullivan was a crew member on three Space Shuttle missions, she was the first American woman to walk in space, and she served as the most recent Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ODP:  Last week, NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain took a walk (unfortunately separately) in space.  You were […]

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One cool thing: vernal equinox from space

One cool thing: vernal equinox from space

Yesterday was the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and also the vernal equinox. This image from the Meteosat-9 satellite shows Earth from space on the equinox. As the New York Times explained, the spring equinox is a point in Earth’s orbit where the sun shines directly above the Equator, creating nearly equal […]

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One Sticky Thing: The Mud On A Remarkable New Pacific Island

One Sticky Thing: The Mud On A Remarkable New Pacific Island

A newly formed island in the South Pacific near Tonga — unofficially called Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai (Hunga Tonga) — is the first island of its kind formed since satellites began consistently taking pictures of Earth, according to NASA.  Scientists from NASA visited the island late last year and were surprised by both the new island’s staying […]

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