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2016 NASA Science Calendar Now Available

The 2016 NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) calendar is now available. This year’s calendar provides a new look at Pluto, Earth and the moon, global rainfall, our sun, dwarf planet Ceres, a stellar nursery, and more! Reveal a new image with accompanying captions each month.

COP-21 Hyperwall Science Stories

The twenty-first Conference of Parties (COP-21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place in Paris, France, November 30 to December 11, 2016. Each year, the COP meets for two weeks to discuss the state of Earth’s climate and how best to deal with future climate change. Hosted by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Center at COP is a major public outreach initiative to inform attendees about key climate initiatives and scientific research taking place in the U.S. As has been the standard for several years, NASA’s Hyperwall will be set up inside the U.S. Center. This brochure contains most of the science stories that will be shown on the Hyperwall at COP-21 grouped by theme.

SAGE III on the International Space Station

NASA’s Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) family of remote-sensing-satellite instruments has long measured ozone (O3) concentrations, stratospheric aerosols, water vapor, and other trace gases that influence Earth’s atmosphere. Planned for launch in 2016, SAGE III on the International Space Station will continue the legacy of accurate SAGE measurements. This brochure provides details about the instrument, launch and installation, ground system and data, and more!

NASA Science Program Support Office 2015 Annual Report

During FY2015, the Science Program Support Office (SPSO) supported 24 domestic and international science conferences and public events. Each year the SPSO strives to provide an inspiring and interactive venue, using a unique storytelling approach, that allows a variety of audiences worldwide to connect with NASA Science. The 2015 Annual Report provides a broad overview of these activities, along with details about new Hyperwall stories, publications, social media, key partnerships, and more!

Observing Snow and Ice Changes from Space

Data from Earth-observing satellite instruments like the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard Terra and Aqua can be used to create maps of snow-cover, ice-cover, and ice-surface temperature. To find out how these datasets are being used, download the three new lenticular flip cards that show Great Lakes ice cover, Greenland ice surface temperature, and North America snow cover from MODIS.

GPM Data Help Improve Hurricane Forecast Track

The GPM mission is now well into its second year and data are flowing in from the Core Observatory and the nine constellation members. In the September-October 2015 issue of The Earth Observer we report on the second GPM Applications Workshop. This meeting was an opportunity to formally introduce the capabilities of GPM to the user community and provide overviews of how GPM data products are being used in a broad range of applications—including an example of how a hurricane forecast track is improved when GPM data are assimilated vs. when GPM data are not used.

EPIC View of Earth and More

In the July-August issue of The Earth Observer, we are happy to report that the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft was successfully inserted into its orbit at the first Earth-Sun Lagrange point (L1)—about 1.5 million kilometers (930,000 miles) from Earth—on June 7, 2015. At this time, all instruments are undergoing test and in-flight calibrations during the commissioning phase. Also in the issue, we discuss NASA's Pre-Aerosol, Clouds, and ocean Ecosystems (PACE) mission, which will continue a multidecade record of ocean color measurements.   

Data-Browsing Made Easy: NASA Worldview

Learn how NASA is allowing users around the world to interactively view images created from Earth observations in the May-June 2015 issue of The Earth Observer. Using the Worldview interface, you can access visualizations of data within four hours of when the data were collected—an invaluable tool for land managers, forecasters, or anyone needing near-real-time data to manage ongoing natural events.

Preliminary Results Revealed!

The March-April 2015 issue of The Earth Observer reveals preliminary results from the Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment (IPHEx) field campaign, held between October 2013 and October 2014 to validate data from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission.

15 Things Terra has Taught Us

For more than 15 years, NASA’s Terra spacecraft has enabled new discoveries in Earth System Science. In the January-February issue of The Earth Observer, we provide a sense of what Terra has provided us, and explore 15 findings—on an instrument-by-instrument basis—that are interesting and useful in their own right, and that serve as examples of what Terra has accomplished and will continue to accomplish for years to come!