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The sun was shining on our Glory mission this morning at its Vandenberg Air Force Base launchpad in Calif. We're set to go Friday at 2:09 am Pacific (5:09 am Eastern).

Getting ready to launch our next Earth-observing satellite: Assembling the 4-stage rocket now at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California that will lift Glory into orbit on Feb. 23. Credit: NASA/Randy Beaudoin (VAFB).

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Our DC-8 bagged its 1st 2010 Antarctic flight Tuesday. Window view of Weddell Sea ice.

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NASA's Scarab rover is built to dig up moon dirt. Come check it out at in DC.

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Visit #NASA at the in DC and leave your mark - on a real space shuttle tire.

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It's a beautiful day to try making your own craters on the National Mall in DC. Come and try!

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Picture yourself as an astronaut at the on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

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President Obama signs the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 in the Oval Office, Oct. 11, 2010. (Courtesy: Pete Souza)

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Deputy Admin. ready to be on the Wx Channel with Al Roker. Watch!

Arctic sea ice has hit its annual low. Daily satellite updates:

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NASA's at IAC in Prague this week. Here Administrator Bolden talks to students involved in NASA programs #IAC2010

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The Global Hawk's target tonight: a Caribbean storm system. It'll be flying over it in the dark (no pics).

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On its way to the Caribbean from Calif., our Global Hawk just passed El Paso, Texas. Quite a view!

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Our DC-8 is on its last GRIP hurricane campaign flight now in the Caribbean. Here's the plan.

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Our DC-8 and WB-57 planes are over Hurricane Karl now: their tracks from about 10 mins. ago.

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Two of NASA's research aircraft are headed back to Hurricane Karl. Here's where they are right now.

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Our 3 science planes are criss-crossing Hurricane Karl now in the Gulf (see colored lines); 36-58K ft up.

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Not much to look at from 60,000 ft - Hurricane Karl from our Global Hawk on its first pass a few minutes ago.

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Our 3 research aircraft are airborne & closing in on Hurricane Karl. Locator map from a few minutes ago.

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New satellite image of our airborne science target today: Tropical Storm Karl in the Gulf of Mexico.

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