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NASA Gets "GRIP" on Hurricane Formation

NASA's GRIP 2010 hurricane mission is in full force. During this year's Atlantic hurricane season, researchers using powerful instruments onboard three aircraft will be able to "see" below the cloud-tops and uncover what is happening in the internal structure of a storm and what "kick-starts" a tropical depression into a hurricane. The NASA aircraft will be deployed from Florida (DC-8), Texas (WB-57) and California (Global Hawk) and will fly at varying altitudes over tropical storms in an attempt to capture them at different stages of development.
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