Lightning From Space

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A refined piece of flight hardware was launched into space in 1997 as part of NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) and it is known as a Lightning Imaging Sensor. Researchers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, began studying lightning from space with the help of Lightning Imaging Sensor. The sensor transported data which was after analysis used to improve weather forecasts. Lightning Imaging Sensor stays to operate effectively aboard the TRMM satellite today. Scientists are preparing to launch a second lightning sensor to space aboard a SpaceX rocket, this time to the International Space Station. The flight for second sensor is scheduled for early 2016. When mounted to ISS successfully, the sensor will have a two-year baseline mission.

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