NASA is running two major field programs simultaneously in Houston and probably every atmospheric scientist who is funded by them is somewhere around Building 135-A at Ellington Field. Today, I was given a tour of the DC-8 aircraft which is being used for the SEAC4RS mission. I will leave it to you to visit their website to see what that stands for. There was a very nice video done by Mother Jones magazine on the project.
Thanks to Johnathan Hair of Langley for a tour of the aircraft. Here are two photos of his Ozone Differential Absorption Lidar system.
(The saran wrap must hold all the electronics together. (;-))
I got a photo of Mike Newchurch, Tim Berkoff and John on the aircraft.
With all the stuff hanging off the side of the aircraft, it is a wonder that it flies. On the right is the ER-2 high altitude aircraft which was being rolled out of the hanger.
And I am not just taking pictures. On the left is the UMBC Leosphere Lidar in its location at the University of Houston campus and on the right is today's data from the lidar.