Friday, January 20, 2006

NASA launches atmosphere study in Costa Rica

NASA's WB-57 aircraft will make 12 trips into the atmosphere taking off from Alajuela. The NASA WB-57 high-altitude aircraft prepares for take-off at the Juan Santamaria International Airport near, Alajuela, Costa Rica, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2006. NASA scientists said Thursday they have launched a new, innovative study on climate change using a special aircraft that will enter the high troposphere, the lowest level of the earth's atmosphere, in the tropics. The study, conducted from a NASA office at the San Jose airport, started Jan. 14 and will end Feb. 12. During that time, the WB-57F plane will make 12 trips into the high tropical troposphere, which has barely been studied and is believed to have suffered the largest impact from climate change, officials said. (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)

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