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The Earth Observer: Sep - Oct, 2005

Volume 17, Issue 5

In This Issue

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  • Editor’s Corner Front Cover
  • Feature Articles
  • Matter in Motion: Earth’s Changing Gravity4
  • MISR Sees Hurricane Katrina7
  • CloudSat and CALIPSO: Unveiling the Mysteries of Clouds and Aerosols9
  • Featured Articles from the AIRS Quarterly Newsletter14
  • In the News
  • NASA Technology Mointors Widlife Habitats from Space17
  • A Warmer World Might Not Be a Wetter One19
  • Satellites Spot Mighty Mississippi—In the Atlantic22
  • Arctic Sea Ice Continues To Decline, Arctic Temperatures Continue to Rise in 200523
  • Meeting/Workshop Summaries
  • International Conference on Land-Cover and Land-Use Change Processes in the North-East Asia Region30
  • Report on the Annual PO.DAAC User Working Group Meeting37
  • Regular Features
  • NASA Earth Science Mission Directorate—Earth Science Education Update25
  • EOS Scientists in the News27
  • Science Calendars 39

Editor’s Corner

Michael King, EOS Project Scientist

On behalf of The Earth Observer staff, I would like to express my condolences to the many thousands of people that have been impacted by Hurricane’s Katrina, Ophelia, and Rita. NASA and its employees have been significantly impacted by these hurricanes. The Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, where space shuttle external tanks are assembled, suffered some minor water damage from Katrina but none of the eight external tanks that were all in various stages of retrofitting were damaged significantly. Meanwhile, NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi suffered water and roof damage courtesy of Katrina, though the full extent of the damage is still being assessed. Hundreds of Stennis employees and their family members took shelter at the Center during the storm. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama also sustained minor damage from Katrina, but the facility is supporting recovery efforts at both Stennis and Michoud.

As Hurricane Rita approached a few weeks later, the Houston area was evacuated, including the shutdown of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Control of the International Space Station was temporarily transferred to...