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Lightning Season Brings Danger from 'Fire From Above;' NASA Studies Lightning to Improve Safety Here and in Space
06.03.05
 
Steve Roy
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)
News release: 05-081



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Lightning Season Brings Danger from 'Fire From Above;' NASA Studies Lightning to Improve Safety Here and in Space

•  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.
Satellite Interview Information:

Satellite Interview Information: :
Camille Sevier, (256) 544-2188

Story information:
Steve Roy, (256) 544-0034



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