NASA To Host Google+ Hangout On Hurricane Research Flights

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will be hosting a Google+ "Hangout" with several panelists from several NASA centers on Tuedsay July 23rd, 2013. The panelist will be talking about NASA's upcoming, unmanned hurricane research flights.

Participants in the hangout will be informed about 2012 mission and the preparations they are making for the upcoming flights. The lead scientinst will be explaining how NASA looks into hurricanes and a pilot of one of the unmanned aircraft will be discussing some details on remote flying over hurricanes.

The hangout is scheduled for July 23rd at 2:00 p.m. eastern time in the U.S. and will allow up to 10 people to participate. You can also watch the conversation on Google+ or YouTube, as well as live on NASA TV and their website.

NASA will host a Google+ Hangout from several NASA centers at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 23 as the agency prepares to fly two unmanned aircraft over Atlantic Ocean hurricanes this summer.

NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission is a five-year project that first took to the field in 2012 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Va. HS3 is investigating the roles of the large-scale environment and storm-scale internal processes in hurricane formation and intensity change in the Atlantic basin. HS3 scientists will use two NASA Global Hawk aircraft during the campaign, one with instruments measuring the environment around a tropical cyclone and the other with instruments looking into the storms.

Participants in the Hangout will hear about the 2012 mission and preparations underway at Wallops for the upcoming flights. The HS3 lead scientist will explain how NASA will peer into hurricanes and a Global Hawk pilot will discuss remote flying over tropical cyclones.

Panelists for the Google+ Hangout are:

-- Scott Braun, HS3 principal investigator, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

-- Tom Miller, Global Hawk pilot, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.

-- Marilyn Vasques, HS3 project manager, NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

-- Brian McNoldy, senior research associate, University of Miami, Fla., Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Google+ Hangouts allow as many as 10 people or groups to chat, while thousands more can watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. The Hangout also will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website.