NASA Mission Provides Key Data on Volcanic Activity, Forest Preservation, Archeological Treasures In Central America
February 1, 2010
This mission contributes to our understanding of climate change, disaster prevention and archeological exploration, while strengthening the cooperation the United States and Costa Rica enjoy on scientific and environmental research,” U.S. Ambassador Andrew told journalists, Costa Rican ministers, and 20 students from the Lincoln School at a February 1 welcome for the NASA plane and crew.
Based at San Jose’s Aircraft Base 2, the NASA mission is part of a continuing program to provide updated imagery from synthetic aperture radar to several Central American countries. Costa Rican Minister of Public Security Janina del Vecchio and Science and Technology Eugenia Flores also spoke at the event of the importance of this cooperative endeavor, especially its educational value. All those in attendance, including Costa Rican Vice-Minister of Public Security Oldemar Madrigal and Transportation Pedro Castro, received mission briefings from NASA personnel and toured the aircraft. The mission takes place from January 25 through February 14th.