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The Earth Observer: Jan - Feb, 1993

Volume 5, Issue 1

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Editor's Corner

Michael King, EOS Senior Project Scientist

The European Space Agency CESA) Council, consisting of Ministers from each ESA member state, met in Granada, Spain in November. At that meeting, the Ministers endorsed the development of two series of ESA satellites: Envisat, to be launched in 1998, and Metop, to be launched two years later. Subsequent to this meeting, Philip Goldsmith, ESA Director of Observation of the Earth and its Environment, in consultation with the Italian Space Agency, wrote to Shelby Tilford to confirm ESA's intent to deliver a MIMR for the EOS PM-1 satellite, in addition to a MIMR for the Metop-1 satellite. With this development, both the U.S. and Europe benefit from having a MIMR fly on Metop-1 in a morning orbit, and on EOS PM-1 in an afternoon orbit.

Last issue I reported that I had begun to restructure the EOS Project Science Office by recommending the appointment of key scientists within the Earth Sciences Directorate at Goddard as Project Scientists of individual EOS spacecraft missions. I am happy to report that Piers Sellers has agreed to be the EOS AM Project Scientist, Chuck McClain the EOS Color Project Scientist, Chet Koblinsky the EOS Altimetry Project Scientist, and Mark Schoeberl the EOS Chemistry Project Scientist. These well-known scientists join Bob Price, Deputy Director of Earth Sciences and EOSDIS Project Scientist, Les Thompson, EOS PM Project Scientist, and Bruce Guenther, EOS Calibration Scientist. I have initiated regular meetings with this Project Science Staff to keep abreast of important science issues affecting each of the