NASA’s RapidScat Ocean Wind Watcher Starts Earth Science Operations at Space Station
ISS-RapidScat data on a North Atlantic extratropical cyclone, as seen by the National Centers for Environmental Prediction Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System used by weather forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Prediction Center. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/NOAA
Barely two months after being launched to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA’s first science payload aimed at conducting Earth science from the stations exterior has started its ocean wind monitoring operations two months ahead of schedule.
Data from the ISS Rapid Scatterometer, or ISS-RapidScat payload is now available to the world’s weather and marine forecasting agencies following the successful completion of check out and calibration activities by the mission team. (…)
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