Tempest-D is a CubeSat roughly the size of a box of cereal. This inexpensive satellite is on a demonstration mission to show if it can track storms. If successful, it could set the stage for launching a series of low-cost CubeSats that can follow storms across the globe.
The satellite shows us the layers inside Dorian in 3D. "The CubeSat used its miniaturized radio-wave-based instrument to see through the clouds, revealing different depths of the hurricane with areas with heavy rainfall and moisture being pulled into the storm," NASA said in a statement on Wednesday.
NASA shared an animated version of Tempest-D's data, giving an unusual perspective on the hurricane.
Some mainland coastal communities were already ordered to evacuate ahead of Dorian's arrival, but you can still check out our recommendations for creating an emergency go bag in case of a disaster. The storm is expected to make its way up the coast into the weekend, bringing dangerous winds and rising water levels along with it.
NASA sees dramatic Earth weather from space (pictures)