Earth Observation Mission News
Tiny NASA Satellite Will Soon See ‘Rainbows’ In Clouds
28 October 2019
NASA's next attempt to map invisible specks in the atmosphere that impact climate change and air quality started from a window seat over the Pacific.
Vanderlei Martins, a professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, was flying across the Pacific Ocean a few years ago when he looked out the window and decided to photograph the bright white clouds floating by. On a whim, he took out a polarizer, similar to a sunglasses lens, and rotated it in front of his camera as he snapped photos. The result? "I saw rainbows in the clouds," Martins said.
Image credit: NASA/SDL/UMBC - An artistic rendering of HARP's wide field of view of aerosols below.