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The Earth Observer: Jan - Feb, 2003

Volume 15, Issue 1

In This Issue

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  • Editor's CornerFront Cover
  • Meeting/Workshop Summaries
  • Investigators Working Group (IWG) Minutes3
  • ASTER Science Team Minutes20
  • HDF Workshop VI Minutes26
  • Other Items of Interest
  • SORCE Launch16
  • Kudos29
  • NASA Partners with USDA on Variety of Products34
  • Regular Features
  • Earth Science Education Program Update30
  • EOS Scientists in the News32
  • Science Calendars35
  • The Earth Observer Information/InquiriesBack cover

Editor's Corner

Michael King, EOS Senior Project Scientist

I’m sure you share the same sense of loss and solemn reverence as I do over the tragic end to Space Shuttle mission STS-107 on February 1. The loss of Columbia and its crew is a major setback to the tremendous contributions the Shuttle program has made over the past several years, and will have significant impacts across NASA. At this point it is uncertain what these impacts will be, but it is certain that the same inspiration, dedication, and passion that embodied the crew of Columbia will remain in the Shuttle program, the Earth Science Enterprise, and throughout NASA. These characteristics are evident in the outstanding progress our program has made in recent years, and there are many new and exciting missions planned for the near future.

Two new Earth science missions were successfully launched recently. The Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) was successfully launched on January 12 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket. ICESat is the benchmark EOS mission for measuring ice sheet mass balance, cloud and aerosol heights, as well as...