The Columbus laboratory, a module situated on the International Space Station, has been outfitted with a high-tech space instrument that is designed to conduct expansive monitoring and surveys of thunderstorms here on Earth.
The appropriately named Space Storm Hunter instrument is fitted with an array of sensors, infrared cameras, ultraviolet cameras and ray-detecting gadgets that allow it to precisely and rapidly monitor thunderstorms from great heights, without its observations being obscured by all the clouds that lie in between the International Space Station and the Earth's atmosphere
Measuring in at 314 kilograms, this remote-controlled space instrument is truly a behemoth of space science and could go a long way towards helping people, governments and companies prepare for the devastating consequences of thunderstorms.
Image Credit: D. Ducros and NASA
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