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For Release: Oct. 23, 1995

Catherine Watson
(757) 864-6122/3

Release No. 95-106

NOTE TO EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS

Russian Scientists Visit Hampton Roads, Help Plan Atmospheric Mission

During the week of Oct. 23, U.S. and Russian engineers and scientists are meeting at the Chamberlin Hotel, Hampton, Va. to finalize details of the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III) instrument/spacecraft interface. The SAGE III instrument is scheduled to be launched aboard the Russian Meteor-3M spacecraft in August 1998. The instrument interface team will be discussing how the SAGE III instrument will communicate with the Russian Meteor meteorological spacecraft while in Earth orbit.

The SAGE III instrument will be the successor to the SAGE II instrument, which has been returning valuable data about the ozone in Earth's upper atmosphere since October 1984. The SAGE III project is part of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth, a global effort to better understand our environment by using instruments in Earth orbit to study the land, sea, and air.

During their week-long visit, the Russians will take time to sample the culture of Hampton Roads. On Wednesday night, the Russian contingent will attend an Admirals hockey game and hope to meet with Russian players on the team.

For more information on SAGE III interface team meeting times and locations, or the itinerary of the Russian visitors, please contact Catherine Watson at (757) 864-6122.

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