NASA just launched something into space that has us all scared to see what’s ahead, you have to see this.
NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) has officially launched and it will be able to provide scientists with “advanced technology to see inside tropical storms and hurricanes like never before.” It was launched on 8:37 a.m. EST Thursday and as of now the spacecraft is in great condition.
It was reported that the rocket was dropped and launched from Orbital’s Stargazer L-1011 aircraft. The aircraft took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington says that this is the first for NASA and the scientific community.
“The launch of CYGNSS is a first for NASA and for the scientific community,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “As the first orbital mission in our Earth Venture program, CYGNSS will make unprecedented measurements in the most violent, dynamic, and important portions of tropical storms and hurricanes.”
The system is programmed to make frequent and accurate measurements of ocean surface winds in and near a hurricane’s inner core. This is huge for NASA and they are going to be able to see storms liken no human has ever seen before. Christopher Ruf, CYGNSS principal investigator at the University of Michigan’s Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in Ann Arbor says that this will help track intensity forecasts for hurricanes.
This is the first system that was chosen by NASA’s Earth Venture program, and being managed by Earth System Science Pathfinder (ESSP) Program Office at NASA’s Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia. “This program focuses on low-cost, science-driven missions to enhance our understanding of the current state of Earth and its complex, dynamic system and enable continual improvement in the prediction of future changes.”
Jim Wells, ESSP mission manager says that they feel very accomplished being a part of something so great and historic.
“There is a feeling of pride and joy knowing that you have been a part of something that is much bigger than yourself and will potentially have a significant positive impact on the general public safety.”
This is so crazy! They are going to see the scariest things!