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2014-08-14 10:29:11

The ocean covers 71 percent of Earth's surface and affects weather over the entire globe. Hurricanes and storms that begin far out over the ocean affect people on land and interfere with shipping at sea.

Hidden Cycles Of Sea Winds To Be Revealed By NASA's RapidScat
2014-07-08 03:19:00

Ocean waves, the hot sun, sea breezes -- the right combination makes a great day at the beach. A different combination makes a killer hurricane. The complex interactions of the ocean and the air above it that can create such different outcomes are not yet fully known. Scientists would especially like to understand the role that the daily heat of the sun plays in creating winds.

QuikScat's Eye On Ocean Winds Lives On After 15 Years
2014-06-20 03:55:48

Today (June 19) marks the 15th anniversary of the launch of NASA's QuikScat, a satellite sent for a three-year mission in 1999 that continues collecting data.

RapidScat instrument
2014-05-16 03:00:23

A new NASA Earth-observing mission that will measure ocean winds from the International Space Station has arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin final preparations for launch.

NASA ISS-RapidScat Built On The Fly
2013-10-30 11:52:06

NASA's ISS-RapidScat was made from spare parts on a short time scale. The mission will monitor ocean winds from the International Space Station.

Ocean Winds To Be Monitored From The International Space Station
2013-01-30 07:48:19

NASA will launch the ISS-RapidScat instrument to the International Space Station in 2014. Reusing hardware built to test parts of the QuikScat satellite, the new instrument will measure ocean-surface wind speed and direction.

Amazon Rainforest Under Threat From Climate Change
2013-01-18 06:36:22

A megadrought that started in 2005 is still affecting a portion of the Amazon rainforest twice the size of California, a new study led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) finds.

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2010-11-10 06:45:00

A NASA analysis of satellite data has quantified, for the first time, the amount of older and thicker "multiyear" sea ice lost from the Arctic Ocean due to melting.

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2009-11-24 11:09:44

NASA mission managers are assessing options for future operations of the venerable QuikScat satellite following the age-related failure of a mechanism that spins the scatterometer antenna.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.