NASA Mission in Argentina

A NASA Gulfstream III aircraft carrying the Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) was in Buenos Aires on April 2-8 in support of a regional data collection mission related to earth science and climate change.

The plane, part of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), carries a polarimetric L-band radar sensor that provides imagery to map forests and their biomass, wetlands and hydrology and other related phenomenon. UAVSAR is used to identify crustal deformations associated with natural hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes.

As part of the visit, a group of NASA experts and UAVSAR scientists in collaboration with CONAE experts presented an overview of the radar applications at the Argentine Ministry of Planning.

Besides CONAE’ experts the plane was visited by students of the Globe Program.