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NASA Studies South America's Volcanoes, Glaciers And Deserts With Microwave Energy
2013-04-04 07:07:43

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A NASA aircraft carrying the Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) is finishing up a month-long mission to address a broad range of scientific questions over the Americas, including the dynamics of the Earth´s crust, glaciers and the carbon cycle. The flights began on March 7 from NASA´s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, California and observed areas of the Earth from the Gulf Coast...


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