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The Earth Observer: Mar - Apr, 2002

Volume 14, Issue 2

In This Issue

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  • Editor's CornerFront Cover
  • Science Team Meetings
  • Minutes from the MISR Science Team Meeting3
  • Other Articles
  • Aqua is Launched2
  • Minutes from the AIRSAR Earth Science and Applications Workshop7
  • Long-Term Archive (LTA) Workshop Results10
  • National Land Cover Data Base 2000 Update13
  • Minutes from the HDF Workshop16
  • Conversion from HDF4 to HDF5: Hybrid HDF-EOS Files19
  • KUDOS26
  • Regular Features
  • EOS Scientists in the News24
  • Earth Science Education Program Update25
  • Science Calendars27
  • The Earth Observer Information/InquiriesBack cover

Editor's Corner

Michael King, EOS Senior Project Scientist

I’m sure you share my excitement over the successful launch of NASA’s Aqua satellite on May 4. The launch, orbit insertion, and solar array deployment were flawless, and initial checks on the operation of all instruments were normal. Aqua will provide unprecedented information about the Earth’s water cycle, and significantly contribute to the science data acquisition strategy of NASA’s Earth Observing System, Aqua is the second in a series of large EOS missions, following the launch of Terra on December, 18, 1999. Please see the article on the next page for more details about the Aqua launch and the instruments on onboard.

Other recently launched EOS missions continue to operate very well. Day to day operations for the joint U.S./French Jason-1 ocean surface topography mission, launched on December 7, were transferred from the French Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales to...