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This is a cutaway example, enclosed in clear plastic, of the type of instrument that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) dropped into and around Hurricane Katrina as that storm crossed the Gulf of Mexico in the late summer of 2005, and that provided information that scientists used to gauge the size, strength and speed of the storm. Marked parts include: fiber board shell, temp humidity sensor, telemetry antennae, 400 mhz transmitter, battery, microprocessor, gps antennae, umbilical connector, codeless gps, p temp humidity, and parachute.
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Object Name
dropsonde (cutaway)
date made
circa 2006
Vaisala, Inc.
place made
United States: Colorado, Boulder
Physical Description
cardboard (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 16 in x 3 in; 40.64 cm x 7.62 cm
overall: 16 in x 3 1/4 in; 40.64 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Hurricane Katrina
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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