NASA Langley Disasters Team Resilience Initiative

Murray, who is based at Langley Research Center, keeps an eye on them all because natural catastrophes are his job. He’s an associate manager of NASA’s disasters program. In its fiscal year ending Sept. 30, the agency responded to 106 disastrous events worldwide, providing data and images from its network of satellites and aircraft. That information has been used for everything from positioning power restoration crews in the wake of hurricanes to crafting no-fly zones after volcanic eruptions. “If there’s a major event anywhere, we’re providing something to somebody,” Murray said.