NACHOS, the new prototype that will help detect the activation of volcanoes and air quality. Photo: Courtesy.
Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

World – NASA presented the astronauts who will travel to the Moon in.., (NASA in Spanish), presented an instrument whose objective is to predict, monitor volcanic events and air quality. This new prototype is a scientific advance that will allow alerting about natural disasters and evacuating areas of greater danger.

This is how a statement from the space agency, the Nanosat Hyperspectral Atmospheric Chemistry Observation System (NACHOS, for its acronym in English), is the name of your new instrument, is a compact solution that fits on a nanosatellite CubeSat, its weight is light and can be carried with both hands.

NACHOS, the new prototype to detect the activation of volcanoes and avoid major disasters. Photo: Courtesy.

So also the task leader of the Spatial and Remote Sensing Group of the Los Alamos National Laboratory of the Department of Energy, Steve Love, explained that an inactive volcano that has just woken up emits gases, even if there is no recorded seismic activity.

Another important factor that NACHOS can detect is the quality of the air, which also has the ability to provide scientific information about different earth systems, as the amount of carbon dioxide that is produced especially by the burning of fuels.

Another important factor that NACHOS can detect is the quality of the air. Photo: Courtesy.

These types of gases are harmful to health and contribute to climate change.. “When we recognize the presence of these gases, its source can be located on a scale of less than a kilometer and there is the possibility of taking measures”, this is how love explained it.

NACHOS, has generated great expectations and confidence for NASA, scientists interested in volcanic activity welcome the creation of this prototype, and they will be able to reduce large-scale human losses by detecting and evacuating the places of greatest danger at the time of a volcano eruption.