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The Earth Observer: Sep - Oct, 2006

Volume 18, Issue 5

In This Issue

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  • Editor’s Corner Front Cover
  • Feature Articles
  • An Update on the Status of the Aura Mission5
  • The Quest For The Elusive Corncrake: A Story of a Chance Meeting and a Milestone Discovery8
  • Meeting/Workshop Summaries
  • Transition of MODIS Services at the GES DAAC to MODAPS Ongoing10
  • Ocean Vector Wind Science Team Meeting Summary12
  • SORCE Sponsors Solar Spectral Irradiance and Climate Modeling Workshop13
  • HIRDLS Science Team Meeting15
  • In The News
  • NASA Assists Search for Woodpecker Thought to be Extinct18
  • Greenland’s Ice Loss Accelerating Rapidly, Gravity-Measuring Satellites Reveal19
  • Washington Getting a Summertime Air Quality Exam20
  • There’s a Change in Rain Around Desert Cities22
  • Regular Features
  • EOS Scientists in the News24
  • NASA Science Mission Directorate—Science Education Update26
  • Science Calendars27

Editor’s Corner

Michael King, EOS Senior Project Scientist

I’m pleased to report that the Earth Observing System (EOS) Program was selected to receive the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space Systems Award for 2006. The award is given “for developing the Earth Observing System, consisting of a series of earth-observing satellites, an advanced data system, and teams of scientists that represent the first global environmental monitoring system.” I had the honor of receiving this award on behalf of EOS at the AIAA’s Space 2006 Conference and Exhibition in San Jose, CA, on September 20. The speaker for the awards ceremony was Bill Vass, President and Chief Operating Officer, Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc. For more details on this award please see the Kudos on page 4 of this issue. I extend my congratulations to everyone whose hard work has made this award possible.

In other news, the two newest Earth observing satellite missions continue to perform well. The CloudSat Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR) and spacecraft continue to operate nominally, collecting profiles of clouds...