02/14/2013 06:41 pm ET

New Weather Instrument To Hitch A Ride On Space Station

In a high-flying example of recycling, NASA recently announced plans to combine leftover hardware from a now-defunct satellite with new equipment in order to improve scientists’ ability to monitor ocean winds around the world.

Rather than building an entirely new, autonomous satellite, which could cost up to $1 billion or more, the agency is planning to attach the refurbished instrument to the International Space Station (ISS). Once it is safely attached, the instrument will not require any interaction with the Space Station crew, NASA said in a press release.

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