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Dennis Armstrong                                                                                                                  July 2, 2004
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

KSC Release No. 49-04

NASA Direct! to Provide Live Coverage of Aura Launch

The NASA Direct! Web site is featuring a live webcast event and launch countdown coverage for the Aura spacecraft, NASA's upcoming mission to study Earth's atmosphere. Coverage begins July 8 and concludes after its launch, currently scheduled for July 10 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

The NASA Direct! webcast program, "Aura Mission Overview," begins at 5:30 p.m. EDT July 8 with a presentation by NASA's Associate Administrator for Earth Science, Dr. Ghassem Asrar. The Aura launch weather officer, Capt. Paul Lucyk, then presents the latest weather status at Vandenberg Air Force Base. After an introduction by Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director Dr. Woodrow Whitlow, Host Tiffany Nail interviews NASA Launch Manager Chuck Dovale concerning the readiness of the Boeing Delta II launch vehicle carrying the Aura spacecraft into orbit. Dr. Philip DeCola, Aura chief scientist, then addresses the science and technology of the mission, and Aura Chief Engineer Michael Tanner caps the program with a discussion on the spacecraft and mission profile.


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