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Volcano Emergency

When Japan’s Sakurajima volcano showed signs of erupting on August 16, the country’s agency that monitors volcanoes asked JAXA to perform an “emergency observation” with its DAICHI-2 satellite. The spacecraft sent back data that showed how the ground was moving (right) to assist with possible disaster preparation.

Heather Goss is the Departments Editor at Air & Space.

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