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How ‘Glowing’ Plants Could Help Scientists Predict Flash Drought

5 min read Preparations for Next Moonwalk Simulations Underway (and Underwater) In a field in western Kentucky, a machine sprays cover crops to prepare for planting season. NASA scientists are looking to space-based tools to help forecast fast, stealthy droughts responsible for severe agricultural losses in recent years. U.S. Department of Agriculture/Justin Pius An unusual […]

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Tracking Spring Flooding

Rivers swelled in southern Russia and northern Kazakhstan in April 2024 following heavy rain and rapid snowmelt. This image shows Orenburg on April 13, the day river levels peaked. This scene was acquired by the OLI-2 (Operational Land Imager) on Landsat 9. NASA/Michala Garrison, USGS Ural River levels peak in this April 13, 2024, enhanced […]

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NASA’s CloudSat Ends Mission Peering Into the Heart of Clouds

An artist’s concept shows NASA’s CloudSat spacecraft in orbit above Earth. Launched in 2006, it provided the first global survey of cloud properties before being decommissioned in March 2024 at the end of its lifespan. NASA/JPL Over the course of nearly two decades, its powerful radar provided never-before-seen details of clouds and helped advance global […]

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US, Germany Partnering on Mission to Track Earth’s Water Movement

An engineering geologist measures water depth at an agricultural well in a field north of Sacramento, California. Groundwater is an important source of water for irrigation in the state’s Central Valley, especially during times of drought, and the GRACE missions provide data that helps track the resource. Kelly M. Grow/California Department of Water Resources The […]