NASA - Martin - WB-57F Intruder - 1/72 Scale Mahogany Model
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Martin NASA's Earth Science Enterprise High Altitude Research Aircraft WB-57F Intruder 1/72 Scale Mahogany Model Price: $169.00 $16.90 s/h in continental US Scale: 1/72 DESKTOP Fully Assembled Mahogany Display Model
NASA's WB-57F aircraft carried the JPL Alias instrument used in the measurements of the Earth's atmosphere. Measuring water isotopes is extremely challenging, because they represent only a small fraction, less than one percent, of the total water in the atmosphere. Detailed measurements were made using an Aircraft laser infrared absorption spectrometer (Alias) flying aboard NASA's WB-57F high- altitude jet aircraft in July 2002. This new laser technique enables mapping of water isotopes with sufficient resolution to help researchers understand both water transport and the detailed microphysics of clouds, key parameters for understanding atmospheric composition, storm development and weather prediction.
Additional Information The purpose of the aircraft mission was to understand the formation, extent and processes associated with cirrus clouds. The mission used six aircraft from NASA and other federal agencies to make observations above, in and below the clouds. By combining aircraft data with ground-based data and satellites, scientists have a better picture of the relationship between clouds, water vapor and atmospheric dynamics than previously. They also can better interpret satellite measurements routinely made by NASA. The mission was funded by NASA's Earth Science Enterprise. The Enterprise is dedicated to understanding the Earth as an integrated system and applying Earth System Science to improve prediction of climate, weather and natural hazards using the unique vantage point of space.