Note to editors: SAGE III on Russian spacecraft
NASA Langley climate instrument ready for Launch Dec. 10
The launch of a NASA remote-sensing satellite instrument aboard
a Russian spacecraft is scheduled to occur on Monday, Dec. 10 from
the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan. The launch window is
approximately three minutes in duration starting at 12:17 p.m.
Developed and managed by NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton,
Va., the Stratospheric
Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III) is a remote sensing
instrument that will fly aboard the Russian Meteor-3M spacecraft
launched by a Ukraine-built Zenit-2 Rocket. SAGE III is expected to
make precise measurements of the ozone, aerosols, water vapors and
other gases so researchers can better understand how and why the
climate is changing.
SAGE III/Meteor-3M is a joint partnership between NASA and the
Russian Aviation and Space Agency. The SAGE III instrument is part
of NASA's Earth Science Enterprise, a long-term research effort
being conducted to determine how human-induced and natural changes
affect our global environment.
NASA SAGE III NEWS CONTACTS
Information concerning the SAGE III/Meteor-3M launch is
available by calling Chris Rink from NASA Langley Research Center
Public Affairs at 757-864-6786 or Dave Steitz from NASA
Headquarters Public Affairs at 202-358-1730.
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