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Coming in Hot — NASA’s Chandra Checks Habitability of Exoplanets

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Movie: Cal Poly Pomona/B. Binder; Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss This graphic shows a three-dimensional map of stars near the Sun. These stars are close enough that they could be prime targets for direct imaging searches for planets using future […]

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Article On Using the Lightning Imaging Sensor to Search for Gamma-ray Flashes from Thunderstorms Accepted for Publication

Timothy Lang (ST11) is a coauthor on an article titled, “Employing Optical Lightning Data to identify lightning flashes associated to Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes,” which was recently accepted for publication in the Bulletin of Atmospheric Science and Technology. Rich Blakeslee, formerly of the NASA MSFC Emeritus program, is also a coauthor on the study. The study […]

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Participation in the Tropical Cyclone Operations and Research Forum

Patrick Duran (SPoRT/ST11) participated in the annual Tropical Cyclone Operations and Research Forum (TCORF) at the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center in Lakeland, FL 3/5-6/24. TCORF brings together hurricane researchers, forecasters, and aircraft reconnaissance personnel from NOAA, the US Navy, and the US Air Force to discuss recent research results and plans for operational hurricane forecasting […]

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New Paper Redefining Characteristics of Lightning-Initiated Wildfire Ignition

Christopher Schultz (ST11) led a team consisting of Phillip Bitzer (UAH), Michael Antia (Jacobs), Jonathan Case (Ensco), and Christopher Hain (MSFC) to examine 26-years of lightning-initiated wildfires (LIW) to understand the types of lightning that were producing wildfire events within the United States. Twenty-six years of lightning data were paired with over 68,000 LIW reports […]

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Meeting with World Food Program’s Head of Geospatial Support Unit

Rahul Ramachandran (ST11) met with the World Food Program’s Head of Geospatial Support Unit. The focus was on his team’s work in Geospatial AI Foundation Models, specifically discussing the upcoming second version of the HLS Foundation Model. This new iteration promises an advanced architecture and extended training on global time sequences, offering unprecedented capabilities. The […]

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Instructor-Led TOPS Workshop at MSFC

NASA’s Transform to Open Science (TOPS; https://nasa.github.io/Transform-to-Open-Science/) initiative aims to transform agencies, organizations, and communities to an inclusive culture of open science. TOPS’s first priority is to develop an open science curriculum to train scientists and researchers as part of our 5-year program. A set of TOPS Champions at selected NASA Centers have developed the […]