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The Earth Observer: Nov - Dec, 2001

Volume 13, Issue 6

In This Issue

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  • Editor's CornerFront Cover
  • Science Team Meetings
  • EOS Investigators Working Group Meeting, San Antonio, Texas3
  • PO-DAAC User Working Group Meeting, Pasadena, CA16
  • User Working Group Meeting: Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, November 200118
  • Announcements
  • International Summer School on Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ISSAOS 2002)2
  • KUDOS14
  • USGS to Distribute EO-1 Data15
  • Jack Estes—In Memoriam21
  • Put Your Research In The News—Show the world your interesting Earth science research22
  • Stephanie Stockman carries the Olympic Torch22
  • New Generation of CERES Radiation Budget Data Available23
  • EOS Scientists in the News25
  • Earth Science Education Program Update26
  • Science Calendars27
  • Information/InquiriesBack cover

Editor’s Corner

Michael King, EOS Senior Project Scientist

I’m pleased to report that the Meteor 3M Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III) instrument was successfully launched aboard a Ukrainian built Zenit-2 rocket on December 10 from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Preparations for launch had been delayed several times due to instrument integration and test problems, and the uncertainties in the southwest Asia region following the events of September 11. At the time of this writing, the SAGE III power and thermal systems are operating normally, and instrument calibration activities have begun. SAGE III will extend accurate, long-term measurements of ozone, aerosols, water vapor, and other key elements of the Earth’s atmosphere already acquired from the SAM II, SAGE and SAGE II missions. Another SAGE III instrument is scheduled to fly aboard the International Space Station in February 2005. Data from the SAGE missions are managed at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.

The joint US/French Jason-1 mission was also successfully launched on December 7 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, CA. Jason-1 is the follow-on mission to the highly successful TOPEX/Poseiden mission to...