NASA researchers to fly jet from Seattle on eclipse mission

August 12, 2017 06:58
NASA researchers to fly jet from Seattle on eclipse mission

A NASA research plane, with agency’s science director on board, will fly from Boeing Field in Seattle on Monday Aug 21, to capture the first video of the total solar eclipse as it sweeps ashore at the Oregon coast.

“We’re Kicking off the show”, said Lesile Willams, spokesman for NASA’s

Armstrong Flight Research Center in southern California, where the plane is based. This video will also be part of live stream on NASA TV that tracks the eclipse along its 2500 mile path from Oregon to south Carolina.

NASA officials will discuss and answer all the questions about the eclipse at museum of flight. The museum will also host a public viewing of the partial eclipse that will be visible in Seattle, with free glasses for around 1000 visitors.

Seattle was selected for the mission because its location and the opportunity to collaborate on public outreach with Museum of Flight, which sits right on Boeing field, said Ted Huetter, the museum’s public relations manager.

The NASA Gulfstream III, a large corporate jet modified for science, is a part of constellation of aircraft and satellites and an army of professionals and citizen scientists that will be studying the first solar eclipse in 99 years to cross country from coast to coast.

On the eclipse day the jet will land in Seattle in the noon, and it will take off early and fly to Lincoln City, Oregon, said pilot Troy Asher.

At the museum of flight, staff and NASA officials will guide visitors through a free public viewing event on lawn from 9.30 to 10.30 a.m. the eclipse will not reach totality in Seattle, but about 92 percent of the sun’s surface will be covered by the moon.

The Partial Eclipse will start in Seattle at 9.09 a.m, reach its maximum extent at 10.21 a.m and be over by 11.39 a.m.

The paid visitors can watch the live video in the museums auditorium, after return of plane, Zurbuchen will also be available to answer the questions.

It’s unsafe to watch the video with glasses or pinhole projector, the time you can look at it is only at the time of totality.

By A.s

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