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NASA launches aircraft to study volcanoes

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NASA is studying volcanoes in Ecuador. Photo: NBC NASA is studying volcanoes in Ecuador. Photo: NBC
Banos de Agua Santa, Ecuador - NASA aircraft, fitted with sensors, have been deployed to Ecuador for the study of volcanoes.


This is the second such mission to Ecuador. The aircraft will study volcanoes in eruption, as well as those that are active and potentially active in the country. The manned and unmanned aircraft carry special sensors that will collect data to support and enhance NASA's space missions. The data collected could also help officials alert the population in case of emergency.


Paul Lundgren, a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. says NASA is interested in studying volcanoes all over the world.


Ecuador has 84 volcanoes on the mainland, in the Andes and in the Amazon region. Three of those volcanoes are erupting, five are active and 16 are potentially active.


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