Attention: News Directors
Friday, June 10
6-10 a.m. EDT
Free 10-minute windows–with B-roll
• It can be both awesome and beautiful to watch, but lightning is very dangerous.
• The National Weather Service reports lightning kills an average of 67 people in the United States each year. Lightning injures hundreds, destroys property and interrupts lives.
• The NASA lightning team studies this "fire from above" year-round -- in thunderstorms and hurricanes around the world -- to learn how lightning, storms, precipitation and severe weather fit together.
• The team has built and deployed lightning-monitoring equipment on Earth and in space.
• Their goal is to improve protection for spacecraft and NASA ground operations while helping all of us better understand lightning.
• The team shares its findings with both U.S. and international scientists.
• Talk to an expert about lightning and get timely tips on lightning safety.
|Who:||Dr. Dennis Boccippio, lightning expert
Global Hydrology and Climate Center
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
|Satellite Coordinates:||AMC-6, Transponder 9
72 degrees west longitude
Frequency: 3880 MHz, Audio: 6.8 MHz.
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