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NASA satellite captures Antarctica melting during heat wave

NASA satellite captures Antarctica melting during heat wave

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This satellite image from Feb. 13 shows extensive melting of the the ice cap on Eagle Island in Antarctica. Joshua Stevens/Landsat data from the USGS/GEOS-5 data/NASA GSFC Antarctica, home to the coldest place on Earth, experienced a worrying heat wave earlier in February, possibly even setting a record high temperature for the normally frigid continent. A…
NASA captures rare view of dancing Mars dust devil, and it’s a monster

NASA captures rare view of dancing Mars dust devil, and it’s...

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The MRO spacecraft snapped this scenic view of a large dust devil moving across Mars. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona Mars is dusty. Mars is also windy. Put those two conditions together and you have a recipe for spectacular dust devils, which are localized whirlwinds that whip across the Martian landscape. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped a rare…
ISS captures final SpaceX Dragon 1 cargo capsule, marking end of an era

ISS captures final SpaceX Dragon 1 cargo capsule, marking end of...

The last Dragon 1 cargo spacecraft is now safely docked with the ISS. NASA Enjoy your impending retirement, Dragon 1. You did well. The crew of the International Space Station captured a SpaceX Dragon 1 cargo capsule early on Monday morning using the Canadarm2, a robotic arm that snags the vessel and then moves it into…
NASA astronaut captures striking ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse shadow from ISS

NASA astronaut captures striking ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse shadow from...

The big shadow is from the moon during the annular solar eclipse on Sunday. NASA/Chris Cassidy A few lucky locations in the world on Sunday witnessed an annular "ring of fire" solar eclipse that hid most of the sun. The astronauts on the International Space Station were treated to a very different view of the…

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