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Michael Starobin, Reporting

NASA recently captured a hurricane. Using an advanced fleet of orbiting eyes to look at the Earth, the space agency has been able to dissect the life and times of last year's Hurricane Isabel to a degree never before achieved.

Hurricanes are made of ordinary things: water, air, energy-the raw materials are easy to find. But added together in a precise cascade of events those elements combine into the most powerful natural phenomena on Earth.

This record of Hurricane Isabel is historic because it depicts the entire lifecycle of the storm with extraordinary depth of detail at every stage on its journey.


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