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NASA is working on a new instrument for the International Space Station that will create a 3-D map of the Earth’s forests, in order to measure the role of trees in scrubbing carbon from the atmosphere.

The new instrument will use lidar, a laser system for measuring distance between the space-based instrument and the surface. Called the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) lidar, the system will be put together at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. 

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US and Indian Spacecraft Rapidly Approach Mars

Two Mars-bound spacecraft are both in excellent health ahead of their September arrivals in orbit around the Red Planet, managers for both missions report.

Why Are Animals Having Sex In Space?

Jupiter Moon Io Unleashes Cataclysmic Eruptions

One of Jupiter’s moons has unleashed a series of huge volcanic eruptions over a hellish 2 week period that were so bright they could be studied in detail by ground based observatories.

How Big Is The Solar System?

Astronomers have discovered the farthest-flung stars yet known in the Milky Way. The two objects — known as ULAS J0744+25 and ULAS J0015+01 — are about 775,000 and 900,000 light-years from Earth, respectively, making them both about five times more distant than a satellite galaxy known as the Large Magellanic Cloud.

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A NASA probe recently spotted the dazzling Pan-STARRS comet as it hurtled through space against the backdrop of a distant galaxy. Learn more!

The Suomi-NPP satellite captured this image of the super typhoon churning toward Okinawa and southern Japan on July 7, 2014, at 4:55 Universal Time. 

The Earth-shattering cosmic impact that laid waste to our young Earth and formed the moon happened 60 million years earlier than thought! Read more

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