NASA has published a photograph of a typhoon forming over the South Pacific Ocean on May 13th, captured from the International Space Station (ISS). The image was taken by the astronauts currently on board of the orbiting lab.
The powerful image shows the storm concocting, which would have been near to the Philippines, with the eye of the typhoon beginning to take shape. Examinations made by the space agency revealed that the clouds on top of the typhoon are cold, which suggests strong storms with the potential to cause heavy rainfall. Satellite information also unveiled how wind speeds were surpassing 130 kilometers (81 miles) per hour.
“Typhoons and hurricanes are the most powerful weather events on Earth. The crew of the International Space Station snapped this image of a typhoon in the South Pacific Ocean on May 13th, 2020. NASA Earth-observing satellites track hurricanes and other tropical storms wherever they occur on the planet,” the American space agency said.
NASA Had to Halt Operations
NASA has also been impacted by the pandemic, with the space agency having to cancel numerous proceedings. It had to suspend work on its Moon mission, after an employee at the Stennis Space Center in New Orleans, where it is testing the SLS rockets that are prepared to launch to the Moon, apparently got infected with the virus.
NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine said back then: “The change at Stennis was made due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the community around the center, the number of self-isolation cases within our workforce there, and one confirmed case among our Stennis team.”
He continued: “NASA will temporarily suspend the production and testing of Space Launch System and Orion hardware. The NASA and contractors teams will complete an orderly shutdown that puts all hardware in a safe condition until work can resume.”