Astronomy : First Images From Cloudsat

Meteorologists and scientists have a new tool at their disposal; NASA's new CloudSat satellite, which is capable of building 3-D images of clouds. CloudSat launched on April 28 from Vandenberg Air Force Base with two other satellites. After several weeks of testing, mission managers tested its Cloud-Profiling Radar system in May. Its first image was a slice of atmosphere above the North Sea in the Atlantic Ocean. CloudSat's radar system is 1,000 times more powerful than typical weather radar.