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NASA Scientists Explain AURA Satellite Mission

Press Release From: Goddard Space Flight Center
Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2004

NASA researchers will brief the press about the Aura satellite launch and discuss science goals of the mission. The press event is at 4 p.m. EDT, May 17 in Room 522 A, on Level 5, of the Palais des Congres, Montreal.

The press event is part of the 2004 Joint Assembly, a partnership of the Canadian Geophysical Union, American Geophysical Union, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society.

An Aura Workshop follows the press event for Science Writers: A Crash Course in Atmospheric Chemistry 101.

Aura will help scientists understand how atmospheric composition affects and responds to Earth's changing climate. The satellite will help reveal the processes that connect local and global air quality and track the extent to which our ozone layer is recovering.

For more information about the Aura spacecraft and its instruments, visit:

http://aura.gsfc.nasa.gov

http://aura.gsfc.nasa.gov/instruments/index.html

For information about NASA's Earth Science Enterprise, visit:

http://www.earth.nasa.gov

For b-roll video on the Aura mission, contact Wade Sisler of NASA TV at: 301/286-6256.

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