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Science Briefing - Canadian MOPITT Instrument on Terra Satellite

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Monday, November 22, 1999

Saint-Hubert, November 22, 1999 – The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will present a pre-launch briefing on its Measurements of Pollution in The Troposphere (MOPITT) instrument at noon on November 23, 1999, at the Ontario Science Centre, North York, Ontario.

The CSA provided MOPITT to NASA’s Terra satellite mission and will contribute to on-orbit mission operations and data analysis. MOPITT is an infrared gas-correlation instrument that will contribute to Terra’s mission of observing the Earth from the unique vantage point of space by taking global measurements of carbon monoxide and methane in the troposphere. The MOPITT Principal Investigator is Prof. Jim Drummond of the University of Toronto and COM DEV International of Cambridge, Ontario, built the MOPITT instrument, both under contract to the Canadian Space Agency.

Following the CSA briefing, an audio-video feed will allow attendees to view NASA’s science briefing, taking place at 1:00 p.m. at NASA Headquarters in Washington, to discuss the overall scientific goals of the Terra mission. The U.S.-Japanese-Canadian Earth Observing System spacecraft will study the planet’s lands, oceans, clouds and atmosphere. The launch of Terra aboard an Atlas IIAS rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, is scheduled for no earlier than December 16, 1999.

What: Briefing on MOPITT instrument aboard Terra satellite followed by individual interviews

When: November 23, 1999, noon

Where: Challenger Flight Centre, Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road (at Eglinton Avenue East), North York, Ontario

Who: Principal Investigator, Dr. Jim Drummond will be available for interviews, as will representatives of CSA, COM DEV, Environment Canada and other members of the MOPITT Science Team.

Notes to Editors:

1.B-rolls with animation of the operation of the Canadian Measurements of Pollution in The Troposphere instrument, and taped comments by Dr. Drummond will be available.

2.Light refreshments will be served.

For more information:

Stéphane Corbin
Media Relations Manager
Canadian Space Agency
Tel: 450-926-4350
Cell: 514-914-6808
Email: stephane.corbin@space.gc.ca

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