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

Lynn Chandler/Krishna Ramanujan at AGU
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
(Phone: 301/286-2806/AGU Press Room: 514/871-5822)

May 13, 2004
NASA Scientists Explain Aura Satellite Mission (UPDATE)
NASA researchers will brief the press about the Aura satellite launch and discuss science goals of the mission. The press event is at 4 p.m. EDT, May 17 in Room 522 A, on Level 5, of the Palais des Congrès, Montreal.

The press event is part of the 2004 Joint Assembly, a partnership of the Canadian Geophysical Union, American Geophysical Union, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society. Reporters can phone in to cover the press conference. Toll-free U.S. number: 888/322-2413 (Passcode: 31166). From outside the U.S.: +1/630/395-0027.

An Aura Workshop follows the press event for Science Writers: A Crash Course in Atmospheric Chemistry 101.

Aura will help scientists understand how atmospheric composition affects and responds to Earth's changing climate. The satellite will help reveal the processes that connect local and global air quality and track the extent to which our ozone layer is recovering.

For more information about the Aura spacecraft and its instruments, visit:

For information about NASA's Earth Science Enterprise, visit:


For b-roll video on the Aura mission, contact Wade Sisler of NASA TV at: 301/286-6256.

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