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Tracking 30 Years of Sea Level Rise

08.10.2022
On August 10th, 1992, NASA and the French Space Agency, CNES launched TOPEX/Poseidon, the first highly-accurate mission to measure sea level from space. In the 30 years since, TOPEX was followed by Jason-1, Jason-2, Jason-3 and most recently Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, all of which flew in the same orbit as TOPEX.

US-European Satellite Will Make World’s First Global Freshwater Survey

07.22.2022
The Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will make measurements of over 95% of Earth’s lakes, rivers, and reservoirs.

NASA Mirrors on ESA Pathfinder to Empower Space Geodesy

07.07.2022
NASA will supply the upcoming European Space Agency (ESA) Lunar Pathfinder mission with an array of laser retroreflectors, mirrored devices that reflect light back at its source. The retroreflectors will offer new opportunities for lunar science and space geodesy.

NASA Approves Continuation of ICESat-2 After 3+ Years of Big Results

06.28.2022
As ICESat-2 mission receives the green light to continue operation after successfully completing its three-year primary mission, scientists highlight what it has already discovered.

International Satellite to Track Impacts of Small Ocean Currents and Map Freshwater Lakes and Rivers

05.11.2022
A joint NASA/CNES/Canadian Space Agency/UK Space Agency mission to collect data on ocean heights to study currents and eddies up to five times smaller than have been previously detectable. It will also gather detailed information on freshwater lakes and rivers.

Join NASA's Earth Day Event

04.22.2022
Join us in person or virtually. Registration is open for virtual events.

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Every #NASAEarthling

04.18.2022
NASA’s space exploration continues to inspire us to be better stewards of our planet and Earth Day is a great time to celebrate what we’ve done and can do to keep Earth everyone’s favorite planet in the universe.

NASA Releases Breakthrough Forest Biomass-Carbon Product

04.05.2022
NASA’s GEDI mission has reached a major milestone with the release of its newest data product, which provides the first near-global estimate of above-ground plant biomass and the carbon it stores – filling a key gap in climate research.

NASA Invites Media to 59th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

03.16.2022
Media are invited to meet leaders in space exploration at the 59th annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium, taking place on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park, from March 23 to 25. Attendees also have the option to watch the symposium online.

One Year into the Biden Administration, NASA Looks to Future

01.19.2022
Over the past year, NASA has made valuable contributions to Biden-Harris Administration’s goals – leading on the global stage, addressing the urgent issue of climate change, creating high paying jobs, and inspiring future generations.

ABoVE Science Team Members Study Boreal Forest Patterns on ADAPT Using LVIS Data, Field Sensors, and Satellites

12.08.2021
Members of the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Science Team are leveraging the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) ADAPT Science Cloud to measure changes in vegetation, composition, and wildlife frequency and extent in Alaska and Northern Canada.

NASA to Highlight New Science Findings, Missions During AGU Meeting

12.06.2021
NASA researchers and colleagues from around the world will present the latest findings on a range of Earth and space science topics at the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting, being held virtually and in New Orleans from Monday, Dec.13, through Friday, Dec. 17.

One Year From Launch: US-European Satellite to Track World’s Water

11.22.2021
An international team of engineers and technicians has finished assembling a next-generation satellite that will make the first global survey of Earth’s surface water and study fine-scale ocean currents. The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission is just a year out from launch, and the final set of tests on the spacecraft have started.

Vice President Harris to Visit NASA Goddard Today, Deliver Live Remarks

11.05.2021
Vice President Kamala Harris will visit NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland today, Nov. 5, to get a firsthand look at the agency’s work to combat the climate crisis and protect vulnerable communities.

NASA Partnership Supports the Next Generation of Space and Science Professionals

11.03.2021
NASA's participation in the Mentoring365 program will provide connectivity and access to the next generation of space and science professionals.

NCCS ADAPT Science Cloud Helps Reveal Mercury’s Mysteries

10.29.2021
Data analysis employing the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) ADAPT Science Cloud for nearly 1 year has revealed never-before-seen details of the planet Mercury’s geodetic properties — the evolution over time of its geometric shape and orientation in space.

Study Projects a Surge in Coastal Flooding, Starting in 2030s

07.07.2021
In the mid-2030s, every U.S. coast will experience rapidly increasing high-tide floods, when a lunar cycle will amplify rising sea levels caused by climate change.

Assembly of Satellite to Track World’s Water Shifts From US to France

06.30.2021
Set for launch next year, the Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will help scientists monitor Earth’s ocean, as well as the amount of fresh water in its lakes and rivers.

NASA’s 2021 Virtual Earth Day Event – Online, April 21–24

04.13.2021
NASA’s 2021 Virtual Earth Day Event – Online, April 21–24 You’re invited to NASA’s 2021 Virtual Earth Day Event, held April 21-24. Registration is FREE and open to the public!

NASA, US, European Partner Satellite Returns First Sea Level Measurements

12.30.2020
The Sentinel-6/Michael Freilich satellite reached its mapping orbit, and the radar altimeter returned its first measurements of sea surface height.

Beyond Ice: NASA’s ICESat-2 Shows Hidden Talents

12.30.2020
The ICESat-2 laser altimeter data provide height measurements of every 2.3 feet (70 centimeters) along the ground path. The data provide precise measurements of the ice sheet height, ice floes, forest canopies, rivers and lakes and surface topography, and shallow water bathymetry.

NASA Discoveries, R&D, Moon to Mars Exploration Plans Persevere in 2020

12.21.2020
"NASA has impressed the nation with our resilience and persistence during the pandemic," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

NASA Highlights New Findings, Upcoming Missions at Virtual AGU Meeting

12.21.2020
ASA and researchers from around the world will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Dec. 1-17, held virtually this year.

NCCS, CISTO, and Partners Present Advances at Virtual AGU Fall Meeting

12.01.2020
Researchers from the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS), its parent Computational Information & Sciences and Technology Office (CISTO), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and university partner organizations are participating in the Scientific Program at the 2020 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, being held online 1–17 Dec 2020.

Sea Level Watcher Takes Flight

11.27.2020
A joint U.S.-European satellite, built to monitor global sea levels, lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base just after 9 a.m. Pacific Time on November 21, 2020.

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