The Pacific Ocean teems with phytoplankton along the West Coast of the United States, as captured by the MODIS instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Satellites can track phytoplankton blooms, which occur when these plant-like organisms receive optimal amounts of sunlight and nutrients. Phytoplankton play an important role in removing atmospheric carbon dioxide. Credits: NASA

NASA, NSF Plunge Into Ocean ‘Twilight Zone’ to Explore Ecosystem Carbon Flow

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The northeast edge of the Venable Ice Shelf, near Antarctica’s Allison Peninsula. NASA/John Sonntag, CC BY

Short-term changes in Antarctica’s ice shelves are key to predicting their long-term fate

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Artist's rendering of the twin spacecraft of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission, scheduled to launch in May, 2018. GRACE-FO will track the evolution of Earth's water cycle by monitoring changes in the distribution of mass on Earth. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

GRACE-FO Turns on ‘Range Finder,’ Sees Mountain Effects

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An illustration of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, which has now been studying the extreme universe for a decade. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Conceptual Image Lab

NASA’s Fermi Satellite Celebrates 10 Years of Discoveries

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View two decades of planetary change through imagery like this one at NASA's Worldview. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

20 Years of Earth Data Now at Your Fingertips

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An artist's concept of one of NASA's MarCO CubeSats. The twin MarCOs are the first CubeSats to complete a trajectory correction maneuver, firing their thrusters to guide themselves toward Mars. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA CubeSats Steer Toward Mars

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NASA’s latest carbon-observing space mission is the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, which is making unprecedented global measurements of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Credits: NASA

NASA Invested in Cracking Earth’s Carbon Puzzle

NASA Invested in Cracking Earth’s Carbon Puzzle It’s a scientific conundrum with huge implications for our future: How will our planet react to the increasing…

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Should schools be charged large sums to teach students about space science? NASA

New federal policy would hike student spacecraft costs, threatening technology education

New federal policy would hike student spacecraft costs, threatening technology education Should schools be charged large sums to teach students about space science? NASA Jeremy…

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This map depicts a time series of data collected by NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission from 2002 to 2016, showing where freshwater storage was higher (blue) or lower (red) than the average for the 14-year study period. Credits: NASA

NASA Satellites Reveal Major Shifts in Global Freshwater

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The first image captured by one of NASA's Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats. The image, which shows both the CubeSat's unfolded high-gain antenna at right and the Earth and its moon in the center, was acquired by MarCO-B on May 9. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

A Pale Blue Dot, As Seen by a CubeSat

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