NASA researcher Diego Janches visited Argentina as part of a research project he has conducted since 2008 in collaboration with the National University of La Plata, using a radar located in Tierra del Fuego. The project, based at the NASA Space Climate Laboratory, deals with radar detection of Interplanetary Dust Particles. Researchers study dust particles that enter the atmosphere and vaporize or collide producing meteorites at the mesosphere level (60-120 km altitude). Radar detection of meteorites provides a mean to study mesosphere dynamics as well as important information for the study of the climate globally.
In addition, Dr. Janches shared his professional experience with students from the Huergo Institute and colleagues from the University of Buenos Aires Space Astronomy and Physics Institute.