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Friday, September 22nd, 2017 03:52 pm

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A NASA-produced map of areas likely damaged by the Sept. 19 magnitude 7.1 Raboso earthquake near Mexico City has been provided to Mexican authorities to help responders and groups supporting the response efforts. The quake, which struck 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City, caused significant loss of life and property damage.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 11:49
Thursday, September 21st, 2017 05:48 pm

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Gravity’s pull is being used to help propel a small spacecraft known as OSIRIS-REx to a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu.

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Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 06:11 pm

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There are two leading ways to measure the universe's rate of expansion, and for fifteen years, they more or less agreed with one another. Not anymore, and that’s a big deal.

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Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 05:29 pm

Posted by ckaiser

Small satellites provide a cheap, responsive alternative to larger, more expensive satellites. As demand grows, engineers must adapt these “nanosatellites” to provide greater data returns. NASA, in collaboration with educational partners, targets 2021 for the launch of an innovative CubeSat that addresses these challenges.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 13:25
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 05:16 pm

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be humanity’s first-ever mission to explore the Sun’s outer atmosphere. Media are invited to see the spacecraft and learn about the mission from noon to 2 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 25, at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, where the probe is being built.
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Monday, September 18th, 2017 02:12 pm

Posted by ckaiser

It’s estimated that Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 30 trillion gallons of water across parts of the U.S. – most of it in east Texas and Louisiana.

Satellite image of Hurricane Harvey's precipitation over Texas
NOAA GOES-East and GPM precipitation composite image of Hurricane Harvey from August 27, 2017.

 

The impacts of Harvey are still being assessed, but early estimates include more than 100,000 homes damaged or destroyed, with economic impacts of well over $100 billion.

Map of Texas showing financial damage to areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey
This Financial Loss Potential Index map of the Greater Houston and southwestern
Louisiana area combines the extent of flooding and depth information and overlay
sit with exposed property values located in the flooded areas.

 

The Financial Loss Potential Index represents the concentration of high flood hazard and/or high value property locations at a grid level, and can be used to validate loss estimates as well as review flood claims. The data is posted at 500-meter grid cells.

The property exposure data is derived from years of research with support from NASA’s Applied Sciences program by integrating Earth-observing data and information on property attributes—as well as disaster forecasting and modeling parameters. The valuation data on U.S. residential, commercial, and industrial properties derived from NASA Earth-observing data offer a key parameter for exposure quantification and is applicable for disaster response, relief, as well as private insurance industry use.

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Monday, September 18th, 2017 02:00 pm

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Monday, September 18, 2017 - 10:00
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Out beyond 10 billion miles away from Earth, there is no day and night. Time and space are fathomless and our Sun is a distant point of starlight — a faint reminder of the home the Voyagers left behind 40 years ago.
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Friday, September 15th, 2017 12:00 pm

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A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close today, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.
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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 06:58 pm

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What if the terabytes of global environmental data streaming down every day from NASA’s fleet of Earth-orbiting satellites for researchers studying the intricacies of our planet could be harnessed to aid the people that are hit by major natural disasters whenever and wherever they occur?

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 08:00
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 05:00 pm

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft is on final approach to Saturn, following confirmation by mission navigators that it is on course to dive into the planet’s atmosphere on Friday, Sept. 15.
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Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 02:31 pm

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When the Cassini orbiter plunges into the atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, a group of NASA scientists based in Greenbelt, Maryland, will be among those waiting for the spacecraft’s last long-distance ping.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 10:28