Satellite relays temperature of Mt. Rainier


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An earth-orbiting Nimbus-4 weather satellite is now relaying the temperature of steam emitted from volcanic, snow-capped Mt. Rainier in Washington ‘on command’ eight times each week as it passes over the 14,41 0-foot mountain.

According to USGS and NASA scientists who are teamed up on the project, the satellite, flying at an altitude of about 680 miles, receives radio signals from a special temperature-monitoring station at the peak of the mountain, relaying them to a ground station at Fairbanks, Alaska. Land lines transmit the data from Alaska to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center near Washington, D.C., where they are printed out by computer.