The deployment of two new NASA instruments on the International Space Station will convert the orbiting astronaut lab into a platform for continuous observations of Earth. The ISS-RapidScat instrument will observe how winds behave around the globe to benefit weather forecasts and hurricane monitoring, while the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System, or CATS, instrument will make critical measurements of clouds and aerosols – still the two climate change variables most difficult to measure and predict.
To learn more about NASA's plans to study Earth in 2014, visit: www.nasa.gov/earthrightnow
To learn more about RapidScat, visit: winds.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/RapidScat/
To learn more about CATS, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1i52eXm
To learn more about Earth science on the ISS, visit: http://blogs.nasa.gov/ISS_Science_Blog/