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Gretchen Cook-Anderson/Etta Jane Pagani
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0836/1034)

Jill Smith
National Center for Environmental Health, Atlanta
(Phone: 404/498-0189)

April 29, 2004
RELEASE : 04-143
NASA Earth Science Capabilities Aid Public Health Research
NASA's Office of Earth Science has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote cooperation of U.S. agencies and departments in advancing the research and development of environmental public health.

The MOU provides the interagency mechanism to accomplish the President's Management Agenda, which emphasizes the importance of integrated performance and budget to provide solutions for U.S. citizens. The MOU enables NASA and the CDC to work together to identify areas of mutual interest, implement projects or programs that address the goals and objectives of both agencies.

NASA and the CDC will cooperate to provide services and support, conduct science and technology research and activities in the area of Earth remote sensing. NASA's unique capabilities in Earth observations, modeling, and systems engineering will help characterize the relationship between environmental hazards, human exposures to risks and potential health effects.

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

For information about the CDC's environmental health program on the Internet, visit:


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