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Extreme Turbulence

Why do some storms intensify into powerful hurricanes? In search of the answer NASA scientists took to the skies in 2010 aboard a flying laboratory that crisscrossed the path of Hurricane Earl as it approached the East Coast of the United States. By deploying canister-shaped sensors within the storm, researchers collected valuable data that will help them understand how such storms form and develop. But they weren't working alone: Soaring at an altitude of 60,000 feet, NASA's unmanned Global Hawk aircraft cruised over the Category 4 hurricane while astronauts on the International Space Station captured dramatic photos of its massive cloud tops from above. Wonder what it's like to fly through a hurricane? Watch the video to get a window seat view from the scientists' plane as it jetted into the eye of the storm.

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Brooke Harris (USRA)

Jane Peterson (University of North Dakota)

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Patrick Lynch (Wyle Information Systems)

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Global Hawk photo courtesy of NASA/NOAA
TRMM image courtesy of NASA/SSAI, Hal Pierce
ISS photos courtesy of NASA, Douglas Wheelock
Aqua image courtesy of NASA/MODIS Rapid Response Team

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