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Hurricane Leslie (2012)

Research buzz: Unmanned aircraft venture into hurricanes

Description: NASA's Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel Mission, also known as HS3, is exploring the massive tropical systems from high altitudes via two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft. Instruments on board the planes will collect data researchers and meteorologists plan to use to better understand how tropical storms and hurricanes form and strengthen.

Researchers: Scott A. Braun, a research meteorologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, is the mission's principal investigator. Others involved include co-investigator Pete Colarco, instrument principal investigator Matthew McGill and research meteorologist Gerald Heymsfield of the Goddard center, and...