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NASA in the News

NASA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service have partnered to obtain imagery of wildfires in response to requests from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and the National Interagency Fire Center. A remotely piloted aircraft carrying a NASA sensor flew over much of California in early July, gathering information that will be used to help fight more than 300 wildfires burning within the state. The flights by NASA’s unmanned Ikhana aircraft are using a sophisticated Autonomous Modular Scanner developed at Ames Research Center and flown, managed, and maintained at Dryden Flight Research Center. Read press releases and view the images returned by Ikhana at

Learning and Exploration

Expand your scientific knowledge of the cosmos and the world around us with Neil deGrasse Tyson and PBS’s NOVA ScienceNOW. View video clips on a variety of topics, including physics, space science, health, bioscience, and technology. Learn more about the scientists, catch up on science news, and download podcasts for more video excerpts and outtakes. You can also preview the new episodes of NOVA ScienceNOW airing this summer online at

Web of Knowledge

Ever wish you could get a peek inside the walls at NASA and glimpse the projects being worked on? Or have a direct conversation with some of the leading minds inside the Agency? With the NASA blogs, you can. Read up on thoughts from NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale and Wayne Hale, deputy associate administrator for strategic partnerships and previously the Space Shuttle program manager, or catch up on missions like GLAST. You can also get a glimpse of new lunar rover and spacesuit concepts. Find it all at

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