NASA pilots soar over Kansas in thunderstorm study

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From 13 miles above the wheat fields and plains of Kansas, NASA pilots are carrying out a study to determine whether summertime thunderstorms contribute to climate change.

It’s part of the Dynamics and Chemistry of the Summer Stratosphere research project involving 50 scientists from eight universities and four NASA labs from across the country—all carried out from a base in Salina, Kansas, crossroads of Interstates 70 and 135.

NASA Mission Explores Intense Summertime Thunderstorms | NASA

The Wichita Eagle reported the flights last up to eight hours and are so high that  the pilot is required to wear a full space suit and helmet to stay in a pressurized environment.

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