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Great Lakes Ice Cover from MODIS
PDF icon Great Lakes Ice Cover Lenticular_508 Compliant.pdf

This lenticular card shows the daily percentage of the lake area covered by ice as derived using data from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on December 25, 2013, and January 25, February 25, and March 25, 2014. The maximum ice extent occurred on March 6 when 92.5% of the surface of the Great Lakes was covered with ice. This is the second most extensive ice cover observed over the lakes since the satellite record began in 1973.

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Greenland Ice Surface Temperature from MODIS
PDF icon Greenland Ice Surface Temperature from MODIS_Lenticular_508 Compliant.pdf

This lenticular card flips between monthly-average ice surface temperature (IST) of the Greenland ice sheet for July 2012 and July 2013, derived using data from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instruments onboard the Terra and Aqua satellites. In July 2012 approximately 99% of the top layer of the ice sheet melted for a short period of time—the greatest areal extent of surface melting in over 125 years.

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NASA Science Program Support Office Annual Report 2015
PDF icon NASA SPSO 2015 Annual Report PDF (3.8 MB)

During FY2015, the Science Program Support Office (SPSO) supported 24 domestic and international science conferences and public events. Each year the SPSO strives to provide an inspiring and interactive venue, using a unique storytelling approach, that allows a variety of audiences worldwide to connect with NASA Science. The 2015 Annual Report provides a broad overview of these activities, along with details about new Hyperwall stories, publications, social media, key partnerships, and more!

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NASA's Earth-Observing Missions
PDF icon Earth Observing Mission Brochure_2015.pdf

To study the Earth as a whole system and understand how it is changing, NASA develops and supports a large number of Earth-observing missions. This brochure provides an overview of NASA’s operating and future missions as of October 2015.

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North America Snow Cover from MODIS
PDF icon North America Snow Cover from MODIS_Lenticular_508 Compliant .pdf

The images on the front show the extent of North America covered by snow on November 13, 2013, and February 13 and April 13, 2014, as derived using data from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instruments onboard the Terra and Aqua satellites. Snow cover extent peaked in February when approximately 67% of the contiguous United States was covered with snow—282,000 square miles (~730, 400 square kilometers) (roughly the size of Texas) above the 1981-2010 average.

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SAGE III on the International Space Station
PDF icon ISS-SAGE III Mission Brochure PDF (4 MB), Binary Data ISS-SAGE III iBook (36 MB)

NASA’s Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) family of remote-sensing-satellite instruments has long measured ozone (O3) concentrations, stratospheric aerosols, water vapor, and other trace gases that influence Earth’s atmosphere. Planned for launch in 2016, SAGE III on the International Space Station will continue the legacy of accurate SAGE measurements. This brochure provides details about the instrument, launch and installation, ground system and data, and more!

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2014 NASA Science Mission Directorate Calendar
PDF icon 2014 calendar final_508.pdf

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CATS: Measuring Clouds and Aerosols from the ISS
PDF icon ISS-CATS_Final_508.pdf, Binary Data ISS_CATS.ibooks

In 2011 the International Space Station (ISS) NASA Research Office offered scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center a mounting location onboard the space station for a new lidar instrument called the Clouds and Aerosol Transport System (CATS). Described in this brochure, CATS provides vertical profiles of cloud and aerosol properties at three wavelengths (1064, 532, and 355 nanometers). The CATS mission seeks to build on the CALIPSO data record, provide observational lidar data to improve research and operational modeling programs, and demonstrate new lidar retrievals of clouds and aerosols from space. These technologies and the science gained from the CATS mission will be used to design future missions that will study clouds and aerosols and their affects on Earth’s climate and air quality for years to come.

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COP-20 Hyperwall Content
PDF icon COP-20_2014 Hyperwall Flyer.pdf

This brochure provides information about the content displayed on NASA's Hyperwall in the U.S. Center at the twentieth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-20) held December 1-12, 2014, in Lima, Peru.

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GPM: Global Precipitation Measurement
PDF icon GPM Factsheet 2013.pdf

In this lithograph, you will learn about the specifics of the Global Precipitation Measurement mission. GPM is an international partnership co-led by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). This mission centers on the deployment of a GPM Core Observatory and consists of a network, or constellation, of additional satellites that together will provide next-generation global observations of precipitation from space.

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