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Lightning to the upper atmosphere: A vertical light pulse from the top of a thunderstorm as seen by a payload bay TV camera of the space shuttleAn examination and preliminary analysis of video images of thunderstorms as seen by a payload bay TV camera of the Space Shuttle provided examples of lightning in the stratosphere above thunderstorms. These images were obtained on several recent Shuttle flights while conducting the Mesoscale Lightning Experiment (MLE). MLE was an experiment to obtain night time images from space of large storm complexes with lightning. These images are used to provide data for the design of specialized instrumentation which will provide quantitative measurements of global lightning. Eight video sequences were selected because they illustrate near vertical discharges in the stratosphere above thunderstorms. Although there are previous reports in the literature, these are the first images from the viewpoint of an orbiting spacecraft. The written material is primarily a companion to a video presentation.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Boeck, William L. (Niagra Univ. New York, NY., United States)
Vaughan, Otha H., Jr. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL., United States)
Blakeslee, Richard (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL., United States)
Vonnegut, Bernard (State Univ. of New York Albany., United States)
Brook, Marx (New Mexico Inst. of Mining and Technology Socorro., United States)
Mckune, John (NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Kennedy Space Center, The 1991 International Aerospace and Ground Conference on Lightning and Static Electricity, Volume 2
Subject Category
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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