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CyMISS Image of the Month: ISS View of a Powerful Pacific Lightning Strike

11 Aug 2018, 15:32 UTC
CyMISS Image of the Month: ISS View of a Powerful Pacific Lightning Strike
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The goal of the ongoing CyMISS (tropical Cyclone intensity Measurements from the ISS) project is to acquire image sequences of intense tropical cyclones (TCs), such as hurricanes, to support the development of an improved remote sensing method to determine more accurately the strength of these destructive storms using stereoscopy. Funded by CASIS (Center for the Advancement of Science in Space) which manages the ISS US National Laboratory for NASA, this project has amassed a large collection of storm images during the last four years. While a number of processed images have been released to the public over the years through various online and print outlets, the CyMISS team at Visidyne (the prime contractor of the project) wanted to share some of the best images we have been creating.
In the latest phase of CyMISS, our team has begun exploring improvements we can make to our observing techniques as well as new potential applications. One of our new investigations involves observing storms at night using moonlight as the source of illumination. For our first nighttime photography session, the crew of the ISS took a sequence of photographs of the remains of Subtropical Storm Alberto as it passed over the southeastern US ...

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