IN THE NEWS Archive

  • NASA, ULA Launch Mission to Track Earth’s Changing Ice September 17, 2018 NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) successfully launched from California at 9:02 a.m. EDT Saturday, embarking on its mission to measure the ice of Earth’s frozen reaches with unprecedented accuracy. ICESat-2 lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base on United Launch Alliance’s final Delta II rocket. Ground stations in Svalbard, ...
  • New Geodetic Observatory Coming to UT Austin’s McDonald Observatory August 20, 2018 A new scientific facility is under construction on the grounds of The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory that will help scientists better understand Earth and could help minimize the effects of geohazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, sea level changes and landslides. Called the McDonald Geodetic Observatory, it is funded by a $4.25 million ...
  • First Laser Light for GRACE Follow-On July 3, 2018 The laser ranging interferometer (LRI) instrument has been successfully switched on aboard the recently launched twin U.S./German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) satellites. The LRI, which is being flown as a technology demonstration, has made its first measurements in parallel with GRACE-FO’s main microwave ranging instrument, and initial comparisons of the data from ...
  • GRACE-FO Successfully Launched; UPDATES May 22, 2018 On May 22, 2018, NASA’s GRACE Follow-On mission was successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. At 11 minutes 47 seconds after liftoff, the two GRACE Follow-On satellites separated from the rocket, shortly after which ground controllers acquired signals from both.
  • Prolific Earth Gravity Satellites End Science Mission October 27, 2017 After more than 15 productive years in orbit, the U.S./German GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) satellite mission has ended science operations. During their mission, the twin GRACE satellites have provided unprecedented insights into how our planet is changing by tracking the continuous movement of liquid water, ice and the solid Earth. GRACE made science measurements ...
  • GRACE mission making plans for final science data collection September 27, 2017 With one of its twin satellites almost out of fuel after more than 15 years of chasing each other around our planet to measure Earth’s ever-changing gravity field, the operations team for the U.S./German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission is making plans for an anticipated final science collection. On Sept. 3, one of 20 ...
  • New Tool May Assist US Regional Sea Level Planning May 5, 2017 Thanks in large part to satellite measurements, scientists’ skill in measuring how much sea levels are rising on a global scale – currently 0.13 inch (3.4 millimeters) per year – has improved dramatically over the past quarter century. But at the local level, it’s been harder to estimate specific regional sea level changes 10 or ...
  • Scientists Map Movement of Greenland Ice During Past 9,000 Years February 10, 2016 Scientists have created the first map that shows how the Greenland Ice Sheet has moved over time, revealing that ice in the interior is moving more slowly toward the edges than it has, on average, during the past 9,000 years. The findings, which researchers said don’t change the fact that the ice sheet is losing mass ...
  • Watkins on CBS 60 MInutes April 29, 2015 Texas Ex Mike Watkins explains how – and why – NASA turns its eyes on Earth.