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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

Lynn Chandler
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
(Phone: 301/286-2806)

November 19, 2003
NASA Webcast Teaches Students About Spacecraft
"Aura: Up Close" is the first in a series of educational webcasts about NASA's latest Earth Science Enterprise mission, the Aura spacecraft. The live, one-hour webcast begins at 1 p.m. EST Thursday. Aura will study climate change, air quality, and ozone.

NASA's Special Project Initiatives Office is hosting the webcast from the clean room that houses the spacecraft at Northrup Grumman Corporation in Redondo Beach, Calif. The engineers and technicians who built the spacecraft will take the audience on a tour Aura's instruments and explain how they work. Questions posted via email will be answered live during the webcast. To participate on November 20th, visit:

NASA's Earth Science Enterprise is dedicated to understanding the Earth as an integrated system and applying Earth System Science to improve the prediction of climate, weather, and natural hazards using the unique vantage point of space. For information about NASA on the Internet, visit:

For more information about the Aura spacecraft on the Internet, visit:

For information about other NASA education programs on the Internet, visit:


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