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