Crew to Study Meteor Shower Aboard Aircraft

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A team of scientists and astronomers will study the Aurigid meteor shower aboard two aircraft that will take off late Friday.

The airplanes will carry researchers from NASA, the SETI Institute, Utah State University and other organizations to a location high above the Pacific Ocean to view the meteor shower early Saturday morning.

The primary goal of the mission is to count the meteors over the large area visible from the airplanes and measure the exact duration and peak time of the shower. Scientists will observe how the meteors break up and examine their colors to learn about the materials that formed the solar system.

Peter Jenniskens, principal investigator for the Aurigid Meteors Aerial Mission, talks with Melissa Block.

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