NASA Airborne Science Missions Connect with Classrooms

During NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) mission, students and teachers from across the United States learned about hurricanes and the NASA airplane that was studying them.

NASA’s Global Hawk lifts off the runway at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va. on Sept. 19, 2012. The Global Hawk took off to investigate Tropical Storm Nadine as part of the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) mission. Credit: NASA Wallops

HS3 is a five-year NASA mission to study hurricane formation and evolution with NASA’s Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

During the Global Hawk flights, students and teachers from across the United States were able to chat live with NASA scientists, weather forecasters, and pilots while tracking the position of the Global Hawk and the locations of hurricanes in real time.

Students and teachers tracked the location of the Global Hawk and Atlantic hurricanes in real-time.

Though the HS3 mission has concluded for this year, many of these classrooms are continuing their involvement in Airborne Science Program missions. 

Next up is NASA’s Operation IceBridge.

During IceBridge flights, students and teachers will be able to track the position of the DC-8 and chat live with scientists and crew who are actually onboard the DC-8 flying over Antarctica.

Looking out the window of NASA’s DC-8 during its transit flight to Chile for Operation IceBridge.(Credit: NASA/Jim Yungel)

For more information and to get your classroom involved in NASA Airborne Science missions, please contact emily.schaller(at)