A Three-Dimensional Model Of Melting Snowflakes Has Been Developed By A NASA Researcher

A Three-Dimensional Model Of Melting Snowflakes Has Been Developed By A NASA Researcher
SHARE

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA,  has already planned the launch of two new satellites that will be used to examine the Earth’s ice sheets, sea ice, and permafrost. In the meantime, a NASA researcher has developed the first three-dimensional model of melting snowflakes to better understand the snowflakes melting process. The 3D model can be observed in the video above.

The model helps scientists to better understand how the snow melt depends on the type of snow

This new model created by Jussi Leinonen, a researcher at one of the NASA’s laboratories in Pasadena, California, mimics the main properties of the snowflakes that have been observed in nature.

“Simple models can reproduce the bright melt layer but a more detailed model like this can aid scientists better understand how the layer relates to the type of snow that melts and the radar wavelengths used to observe it,” said Leinonen, the developer of the three-dimensional model of melting snowflakes.

NASA has used the study of the snowflakes to analyze the frozen regions of the Earth

According to NASA representative, this year, there are planned two new satellite launches to the Earth’s orbit to conduct examinations on the planet’s ice sheets, sea ice, and permafrost.

The three-dimensional model of melting snowflakes created by Jussi Leinonen from NASA is depicting a snowflake not longer than 1/2-inch. The replica is created by a lot of unique ice crystals which present arms that become interweaved when the air hits them.

Studying snowflakes is, for some time now, one of the various methods used by NASA researchers to analyze the frozen regions of the Earth, scientifically called “the cryosphere”.

The bottom line

In conclusion, a NASA scientist has created a three-dimensional model of melting snowflakes to help his colleagues better understand the melting process and how is this depending on other factors. Thie model precedes NASA future mission in which two satellites will study the Earth’s ice sheets, sea ice, and permafrost.


SHARE
Jeffrey Olmsted

Jeffrey likes to write about health and fitness topics, being a champion fitness instructor in the past.

Post Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.