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Chris Rink
NASA Langley Research Center
(Phone: 757/864-6786)

Erica Hupp/Dolores Beasley
Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
(Phone: 202/358-1237/1753)

Alan Buis
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
(Phone: 818/354-0474)
NASA Announces Pre-Launch Satellite Media Briefing

The scheduled October 2 launch of NASA's CloudSat and Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) satellites will be previewed at a news media briefing at 1 p.m. EDT, Thursday, September 15. The briefing is in NASA's Webb Auditorium, 300 E St. SW, Washington.

CloudSat and CALIPSO will provide new perspectives on Earth's clouds and aerosols. The satellites will answer questions about how they form, evolve, affect water supply, climate, weather and air quality. The satellites will be launched into an orbit, where they will fly just 15 seconds apart as members of NASA's "A-Train," a constellation of several Earth-observing satellites.

NASA's Langley Research Center is leading the CALIPSO mission. Hampton University is providing scientific contributions and managing the outreach program.

Briefing participants:

  • Dr. David Winker, CALIPSO principal investigator, Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
  • Dr. Graeme Stephens, CloudSat principal investigator, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Dr. Steve Volz, NASA CloudSat-CALIPSO program executive, Science Mission Directorate (SMD), Washington
  • Dr. Don Anderson, NASA CloudSat-CALIPSO program scientist, SMD

The conference will be live on NASA TV with question-and-answer capability from participating agency centers. To ask questions by phone, media must contact Erica Hupp or Dolores Beasley at 202/358-1237/1753 by 5 p.m. EDT, Wednesday for access information.

NASA TV is available on the Web and on an MPEG-2 digital signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. It's available in Alaska and Hawaii on AMC-7 at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal polarization. A Digital Video Broadcast compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder is required for reception. For NASA TV information and schedules on the Web, visit:

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