Miniaturized weather satellites?

CubeSat to Test Miniaturized Weather Satellite From NASA Goddard SpaceFlight Center – Behind every weather forecast—from your local, five-day prediction to a late-breaking hurricane track update—are the satellites that make them possible. Government agencies depend on observations from weather satellites to inform forecast models that help us prepare for approaching storms and identify areas that…

Moss Piglets: First Interstellar Travelers?

Guest post by David Middleton People are gearing up to spread life from our solar system out into the cosmos. But the first life-forms to make that journey won’t be human beings, or even critters most folks would recognize. Instead, scientists plan to send tiny, chubby, pinch-faced tardigrades on the first living journey out past the Oort…

An end to GRACE

The successful US/German satellite gravity mission GRACE comes to an end after 15 years On March 17, 2002, the twin satellites of the NASA/German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) were launched in order to make precise measurements of the Earth´s gravity field. GRACE has lasted three times as long as originally planned for more…

Using the Orbiting Carbon Observatory for something useful: monitoring potential volcanic eruptions

From MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY Is it gonna blow? Measuring volcanic emissions from space Late last month, a stratovolcano in Bali named Mount Agung began to smoke. Little earthquakes trembled beneath the mountain. Officials have since evacuated thousands of people to prevent what happened when Agung erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,000 people. Before volcanoes erupt,…

Aug. 2, 2017 Space Station Flyover of Super Typhoon Noru

Just a fantastic viewpoint~ctm From NASA NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik photographed Super Typhoon Noru in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean on August 1, 2017, as the International Space Station passed overhead. He shared images of the massive storm on social media, writing, “Super Typhoon #Noru, amazing the size of this weather phenomenon, you can almost sense…

Alien ice on Earth

From Eurekalert Only two more steps to ICE NINE!~ctm Stanford scientists discover how dense, extraterrestrial ice can form in just billionths of a second Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences Stanford researchers have for the first time captured the freezing of water, molecule-by-molecule, into a strange, dense form called ice VII (“ice seven”),…