How an airborne NASA mission took flight, amid a pandemic

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How an airborne NASA mission took flight, amid a pandemic

March 11, 2020, as you might remember, was a dark, unsettling day. After an NBA player tested positive for coronavirus, the league called players off an Oklahoma basketball court minutes before tipoff, and then promptly suspended the season. Tom Hanks revealed he tested positive. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged. President Donald Trump suddenly announced a European travel ban. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told her nation a serious pandemic had arrived, and “that many people will be infected.”

It was all terribly real. And everything was shutting down.

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In March, NASA oceanographer Josh Willis supposed his looming, critical endeavor to observe how the warming oceans were melting Greenland and raising sea levels — a mission called Oceans Melting Greenland — would be shut down, too. “I assumed there would be no way we would be able to do the mission this year,” Willis said in an interview.  Read more…

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