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For Release: March 14, 1997

Catherine Watson
(757) 864-6122

Release No. 97-016


March 18-21 at 2 p.m.

Poquoson Elementary Students Observe Clouds for NASA

Fourth graders at Poquoson Elementary School are learning to observe clouds as part of a NASA global cloud measuring project. The Students' Cloud Observations On-Line (S'COOL) project is part of a satellite experiment that will begin later this year with the launch of an instrument developed by researchers at NASA Langley.

During the week of March 17, scientists from NASA Langley will teach the Poquoson students how to observe various types of clouds and send their observations to a NASA computer. The students’ observations will initially be compared to those made by a weather satellite orbiting the Earth. Later this year, after the students have perfected their cloud observing techniques, they will make cloud observations that NASA can compare to its new satellite instrument. NASA Langley researchers hope to train students worldwide to observe clouds for the project.

The new NASA Langley experiment, the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) instrument, will provide global data on the Earth’s clouds and energy budget. CERES will be launched in late 1997 aboard the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite as part of NASA’s Mission to Planet Earth program.

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