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July 10, 2002

 

John Bluck                                                                                                     

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.                           

Phone: 650/604-5026 or 604-9000

jbluck@mail.arc.nasa.gov

       

David E. Steitz

Headquarters, Washington                                                                 

Phone:  202/358-1730



NOTE TO EDITORS02-78AR

MEDIA DAY PLANNED FOR NASA’S KEY WEST CLOUD CAMPAIGN

Reporters are invited to attend a media day on Tuesday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to noon EDT at Naval Air Station Key West, Fla., to learn about NASA’s CRYSTAL-FACE mission, a complex airborne and space borne science campaign exploring how cirrus clouds affect climate change. The project also will help create better weather forecasting models in the future.

More than 400 researchers from around the world are using six different research aircraft equipped with advanced scientific instruments to study the clouds over and around Florida. The experiment is called CRYSTAL-FACE, or (Cirrus Regional Study of Tropical Anvils and Cirrus Layers Florida Area Cirrus Experiment.)  NASA will use aircraft and spacecraft to observe how these clouds form and dissipate. Scientists believe this knowledge is key to our understanding of how clouds insulate the Earth, trapping heat and at the same time limiting the amount of sunlight that reaches the surface.

Media will be allowed access to the researchers, aircraft and pilots during a tour. Media representatives wishing to attend the media day must provide the following information to NASA Public Affairs no later than noon July 12:

Name

Affiliation

Social Security Number

All information must be sent via fax or email by noon July 12 to:

NASA CRYSTAL FACE PUBLIC AFFAIRS

dsteitz@hq.nasa.gov

FAX: 202/358-4210

On Tuesday, media should assemble at the main visitor’s parking area for escort to the hangar. For security purposes, media that do not pre-register by noon on July 12, will not be allowed into the facility.  Extensive background material on the mission can be found on the Internet at:

http://cloud1.arc.nasa.gov/crystalface

There also is an on-line fact sheet at:

http://amesnews.arc.nasa.gov/factsheets/FS-02-03AR.html

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