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A Long Day After Hurricane Ike

Pilot, Lt. Col. Mark Carter admires the sunset after 9 hours of flying Hurricane Ike. The Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters of the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss fly 24-hours-a-day, collecting data inside the heart of Mother Nature's fury, Hurricane Ike. The data collected by the Hurricane Hunters improve the National Hurricane Center forecast by 30 percent. Photo by Chad E. Gibson

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Taken on September 10, 2008