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For release: 06/12/03
Satellite release #: 03-094

Attention:  Early Morning Producer
Thursday, June 19
6:00 – 9:00 a.m. EDT
Free 10-minute windows—with B-roll

NASA studies lightning - 'fire from above' - to help the world; National Lightning Safety Week is June 22-28

  • Lightning is dangerous. The National Weather Service reports lightning in the United States kills an average of 73 people every year. It injures hundreds, destroys property and interrupts our lives.
  • The NASA lightning team studies this fire from above year-round to learn how lightning, storms, precipitation and severe weather all fit together.
  • The team has built and deployed lightning-monitoring equipment on Earth and in space.
  • They study this powerful force of nature to improve protection for spacecraft and NASA ground operations while helping all of us better understand lightning.
  • The puzzle is far from complete, but they share findings with scientists around the world.
  • Talk to an expert about lightning and get timely tips for Lightning Safety Awareness Week.
Who: Dr. Dennis Boccippio, Lightning Expert
Global Hydrology and Climate Center
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
Satellite coordinates: GE-2, Transponder 9C,
85 degrees west longitude,
Frequency: 3880 MHz, audio: 6.8 MHz.

Satellite Interview Information:
Camille Sevier (256) 544-2188 OR
Jack Robertson (256) 544-1517

Story Information:
Steve Roy, Media Relations
(256) 544-0034

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