Wednesday, May 09, 2007

NASA to set up base in Costa Rica to study global warming

(Inside Costa Rica) - The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has chosen Costa Rica for its operations research base on the stuyd on the impact of tropical clouds on global warming.

The research is expected to take place from mid July to mid August, as NASA airplanes fly over Costa Rica and Panama.

The Costa Rican National Centre of High Technology (CENAT) has signed an agreement with NASA which will allow the U.S. space agency to fly three planes out of the Juan SantamarĂ­a International airport in Alajuela.

CENAT said that his is the largest mission NASA has carried out outside the United States and has an estimated cost of $20 million dollars, with more than 200 NASA scientists and technicians working on the project.

The focus of the study is to observe the ascending and descending air currents along the Costa Rican and Panamanian coasts and how these currents affect global warming.

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