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Recent Stereo Views of Harvey & Irma from the ISS

7 Oct 2017, 13:30 UTC
Recent Stereo Views of Harvey & Irma from the ISS
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It has been quite a while since I have shared an update here on my ongoing project to photograph tropical cyclones from the International Space Station (ISS). Called CyMISS (tropical Cyclone intensity Measurements from the ISS), the goal of this project is to acquire image sequences of tropical cyclone to support the development of an improved method to determine more accurately the strength of powerful tropical cyclones like hurricanes using stereoscopy. With a new grant secured from CASIS (Center for the Advancement of Science in Space) which manages the ISS US National Laboratory for NASA, this work will continue until at least the spring of 2018.
With the recent hurricane activity in and around the US, the crew of the ISS has used our project’s photography protocol on numerous occasions to observe hurricanes like Harvey and Irma which each left a path of devastation in their wakes. In the case of Hurricane Harvey, we were lucky to get the observation sequence we requested with only 19 hours notice (instead of the normal 48 hours) as the rapidly intensifying storm was bearing down on the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. It would be over a week, however, before the data ...

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