US-European Satellite Will Make World’s First Global Freshwater Survey

US-European Satellite Will Make World’s First Global Freshwater Survey

The Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will make measurements of over 95% of Earth’s lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. Water is life, but for all its importance, humanity has a surprisingly limited view of Earth’s freshwater bodies. Researchers have reliable water level measurements for only a few thousand lakes around the world, and little to […]

NASA, SpaceX Launch Climate Science Research, More to Space Station

NASA, SpaceX Launch Climate Science Research, More to Space Station

Among the science experiments being delivered, the JPL-developed EMIT instrument will help scientists determine how airborne mineral dust affects our planet. A SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft carrying more than 5,800 pounds of science experiments, crew supplies, and other cargo is on its way to the International Space Station after launching at 8:44 p.m. EDT (5:44 p.m. PDT) […]

NASA’s New Mineral Dust Detector Readies for Launch

NASA’s New Mineral Dust Detector Readies for Launch

Designed to analyze airborne dust to see how it might affect climate, the EMIT mission launches to the International Space Station on Thursday, July 14. Each year, strong winds carry more than a billion metric tons – or the weight of 10,000 aircraft carriers – of mineral dust from Earth’s deserts and other dry regions […]

NASA’s EMIT Will Map Tiny Dust Particles to Study Big Climate Impacts

NASA’s EMIT Will Map Tiny Dust Particles to Study Big Climate Impacts

To help researchers model climate effects, the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation mission will measure the composition of minerals that become airborne dust. Blown by wind across continents and oceans, dust does more than make skies hazy, congest lungs, and leave a film on windshields. Also known as mineral dust or desert dust, it […]

NASA Finds Each State Has Its Own Climatic Threshold for Flu Outbreaks

NASA Finds Each State Has Its Own Climatic Threshold for Flu Outbreaks

Written by Carol Rasmussen, NASA/JPL-Caltech https://spacechannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/AIRS_water_vapor_700.mp4 A visualization of the AIRS instrument’s measurements of atmospheric water vapor around the globe during a few months of the flu study, which focused on data from 2003 to 2015. AIRS is on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/AIRS NASA satellite data illuminates a critical relationship between low humidity and […]