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For Release: October 1, 1998

Keith Henry

(757) 864-6120

Release No. 98-82

NOTE TO EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:

October, 1998

Lakewood, NJ Students Observe Clouds for NASA

During the school day, most teachers prefer that their students keep their heads in the classroom. At Clifton Avenue Grade School, however, teachers are encouraging their students to keep their heads in the clouds.

Elementary school students at the school are learning to observe clouds as part of a NASA global cloud measuring project. The Students' Cloud Observations On-Line (S'COOL) project is part of a satellite experiment that began late last year with the launch of an instrument developed by researchers at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.

The students are learning how to observe clouds and send their observations to a NASA computer. The students' observations will be compared to those from the new satellite instrument. NASA Langley researchers are training students worldwide to observe clouds for the project.

The new satellite instrument, the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES), provides global data on the Earth's clouds and energy budget to help determine what effect clouds have on possible global warming. CERES was launched in November 1997 as part of NASA's Earth Science Enterprise.

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