What On Earth?

Many of you may be thinking: “NASA does Earth science?  I thought you blast robots to Mars, send astronauts to the space station, and build all of those great orbiting telescopes.”  Sure, we do all that.

But in fact, NASA is also the leading funder of Earth research in the United States. The agency has more earth scientists on staff than any other institution in the world. We’d like to tell you more about their work.

The “What On Earth” blog is composed by the science writers, producers, and educators who cover NASA from the inside. We are former journalists and scientists; communications majors and science majors; news hounds and would-be poets. We work with NASA-funded scientists to tell their stories; periodically they will write for themselves in this forum.

Our goal is to provide glimpses of the everydays of Earth science — the field campaigns, lab experiments, technology development – that illuminate the work behind the breakthroughs. We hope to share the evolution of scientific thinking and debates, and the practical application of NASA science in society. Most of all, we want to share the fun we have watching science in progress.

–Mike Carlowicz, NASA’s Earth Science News Team