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New Solar Images Herald Better Solar Storm Tracking
Date: March 1, 2007 at 11 a.m. EST


For the first time, scientists can track solar storms from the sun to Earth using the latest images from NASA's twin Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft. The new view from STEREO will greatly improve our ability to forecast the arrival time of severe space weather. Until now, imaging capability did not show the front of a solar disturbance as it traveled all the way from the sun to Earth, so scientists had to make estimates of when the storm would arrive. These estimates were uncertain by a half day or so. With STEREO, scientists can track the storm front from the sun all the way to Earth, and forecast its arrival within a couple hours.


+ Michael Kaiser, NASA GSFC STEREO Project Scientist
+ Ed Reynolds, JHU APL Former STEREO Project Manager
+ Russ Howard, SECCHI Principal Investigator, Naval Research Laboratory
+ Dr. Madhulika Guhathakurta, NASA HQ STEREO Program Scientist


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Contact Information:

Dwayne Brown
NASA Headquarters
Washington, DC
Phone: 202/358-1726

Rani Gran
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland
Phone: 301/286-2483

Kristi Marren
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Laurel, Maryland
Phone: 240/228-6268

Janice Schultz/ Dick Thompson
Naval Research Laboratory,
Washington DC

Event Information:

The NASA Science Update will take place on Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Reporters in the U.S. should call: 1-888-791-1856 and use the pass code "STEREO" to participate in the teleconference. International media callers should call: 210-234-0006. Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at: + Newsaudio For a playback of the entire teleconference you can go here: + Audio replay of the Panorama media teleconference of March 1, 2007
+ Audio transcript