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The Earth Observer: May - Jun, 2007

Volume 19, Issue 3

In This Issue

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  • Editor’s Corner Front Cover
  • Feature Articles
  • QuikSCAT Shows Rough Seas/ Atmospheric Conditions at Time of Two Java Sea Disasters4
  • NASA Finds Arctic Replenished Very Little Thick Sea Ice in 20055
  • CloudSat and CALIPSO: A Long Journey to Launch…But What a Year It’s Been!!7
  • Meeting/Workshop Summaries
  • Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting13
  • In The News
  • Global ‘Sunscreen’ Has Likely Thinned, Report NASA Scientists18
  • Gravity Measurements Help Melt Ice Mysteries20
  • NASA Models Show Trees Can Slow Increase of Atmospheric Carbon22
  • NASA Data Show Earthquakes May Quickly Boost Regional Volcanoes23
  • NASA Finds Sun-Climate Connection in Old Nile Records25
  • Regular Features
  • EOS Scientists in the News26
  • NASA Science Mission Directorate—Science Education Update29
  • Science Calendars31

Editor’s Corner

Michael King, EOS Senior Project Scientist

I am pleased to announce that the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission is underway. AIM launched into orbit onboard an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on April 25, at 1:26 p.m. PDT. Launch operations ran smoothly with no technical or weather issues causing concern. AIM is a two-year mission to explore mysterious ice clouds that dot the edge of space in Earth’s polar regions. These clouds have grown brighter and more prevalent in recent years and some scientists suggest that changes in these clouds may be the result of climate change. With the successful launch of AIM, Hampton University, Hampton, VA becomes the first historically black college and university to lead a NASA satellite mission. James M. Russell, III, Professor and Co-director of Hampton’s Center for Atmospheric Sciences, is Principal Investigator (PI) for AIM. I extend my congratulations to Russell and to all who were involved in the launch. For the latest mission news, visit:

I am also very happy to report that NASA and NOAA have announced a plan to...