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For release: 06/25/04
Satellite release #: 04-172

Attention: Early Morning Producer
Friday, July 2
6-10 a.m. EDT
Free 10-minute windows–with B-roll

NASA studies lightning — 'the fire from above' — to protect spacecraft and improve safety on Earth

  • Lightning is dangerous. The National Weather Service reports lightning in the United States killed 67 people in 2003 – more than the average killed annually by hurricanes or tornadoes.
  • Lightning also 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 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 team has studied lightning in hurricanes and thunderstorms around the world, and has shared their findings with both U.S. and international scientists.
  • Talk to an expert about lightning and get timely tips for July 4 th holiday lightning safety.
Who: Dr. Monte Bateman, Lightning Expert
Global Hydrology and Climate Center
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
Satellite coordinates: AMC-9, Transponder 9C,
85 degrees west longitude,
Frequency: 3880 MHz, Audio: 6.8 MHz.

Satellite Interview Information:
Jack Robertson (256) 544-1517

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

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