The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project, Original Data For Science Posterity

Guest post by Dennis Ray Wingo Introduction The foundation of all observational science is data. This is true whether the data is temperature measurements from ground networks, satellites, or any other thing in nature that can be observed, quantified, and recorded. After data is recorded it must be archived so that future researchers who seek…

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PODEX Experiment to reshape future of Atmospheric Science by getting a handle on aerosols and clouds

Polarimeter Definition Experiment (PODEX) in Southern California. The brightness, or “intensity,” and polarization of reflected light provide different information about the elements that make up a scene, apparent in this set of images collected by the Airborne Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager (AirMSPI) during its maiden flight on Oct. 7, 2010, on the ER-2 over Palmdale, Calif.…

NASA on the sun: ‘…tiny variations can have a significant effect on terrestrial climate.”

Researchers have considered the possibility that the sun plays a role in global warming. From NASA GSFC:  Solar Variability and Terrestrial Climate In the galactic scheme of things, the Sun is a remarkably constant star.  While some stars exhibit dramatic pulsations, wildly yo-yoing in size and brightness, and sometimes even exploding, the luminosity of our…

Some new climate surprises blow in with the dust

From NASA: Dust’s Warming Counters Half of its Cooling Effect Dust that routinely rises above the world’s deserts causes a more significant localized warming effect than previously thought, a new study based on NASA field research shows. In April 2008, atmospheric scientists set up camp in Zhangye, a semi-arid region between China’s Taklimakan and Gobi…

Even NASA has gotten into the “Frankenstorm” meme

From NASA’s PR engine: NASA Sees Hurricane Sandy as the “Bride of Frankenstorm” Approaching U.S. East Coast NASA’s TRMM satellite revealed Hurricane Sandy’s heavy rainfall and the storm is expected to couple with a powerful cold front and Arctic air to bring that heavy rainfall to the Mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S. Some forecasters are calling…

Cool pictures from space of recent CME event auroras

Overnight on October 4-5, 2012, a mass of energetic particles from the atmosphere of the Sun were flung out into space, a phenomenon known as a coronal mass ejection. Three days later, the storm from the Sun stirred up the magnetic field around Earth and produced gorgeous displays of northern lights. NASA satellites track such…