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Sage III Solve II Media Kit

Sage III Solve II Media Kit

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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATIONSAGEIII/SOLVE II MissionMedia KitDecember 2002 – March 2003 
 
Contacts
David SteitzPolicy/Program Management202-358-1730Headquarters,Washington, D.C.Elvia ThompsonPolicy/Program Management202-358-1696Headquarters,Washington, D.C.Cynthia M. OCarrollPublic Affairs Office301-614-5563Goddard Space Flight Center,Greenbelt, MD
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General ReleasePage 3Media Services InformationPage 5Mission OverviewPage 6Science ObjectivesPage 8Program/Project ManagementPage 9Quick FactsPage10AcronymsPage 13Video ListingPage14Mission BackgroundPage15
 
January 6, 2003RELEASE: 03-004
NASA BEGINS NEW YEAR WITH INTERNATIONAL ARCTIC OZONE STUDY
NASA researchers, and more than 350 scientists from the United States,European Union, Canada, Iceland, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia andSwitzerland, are working together this winter to measure ozone and other atmospheric gases. The scientists will use aircraft, large and small balloons,ground-based instruments and satellites.The DC-8 phase of the Arctic campaign runs from Jan. 8 through Feb. 6, 2003.Flights of large balloons will augment the aircraft campaign, extending themeasurement period to late March 2003.This second SAGE III Ozone Loss and Validation Experiment (SOLVE II)campaign will be conducted in close collaboration with the EuropeanCommission. It is sponsored by theVINTERSOL (Validation of International Satellites & Study of Ozone Loss)campaign. (SAGE III stands for the third Stratospheric Aerosol & GasExperiment.) SOLVE takes place in Kiruna, Sweden, the site of the first winter (1999-2000) international effort (SOLVE I).NASA's SAGE III satellite instrument is being used to quantitatively assess ozoneloss in the higher latitudes. SAGE III was launched onboard a Russian Meteor-3M spacecrafton December 10, 2001. The validation of the SAGE III observations is a principalgoal of SOLVE II. SOLVE II is sponsored by NASA's Earth Science Enterprise,dedicated tobetter understanding and protecting our home planet."The primary goals of the joint SOLVE II-VINTERSOL campaign are to further understanding of ozone loss processes in the Arctic, and provide coincidentobservations between the airborne and SAGE III measurements. Thiscomparison will enable the satellite scientists to critically and quantitativelyassess the in-space performance of their instruments to measure profiles of ozone, aerosols, and water vapor over theEarth," said Michael Kurylo, SOLVE II co-Program Scientist at NASAHeadquarters, Washington.Ozone studies are important, because the ozone layer prevents the sun's harmfulultraviolet radiation from reaching the Earth's surface. Ultraviolet radiation is aprimary cause of skin cancer. Without protective upper-level ozone, there wouldbe no life on Earth.During the campaign of 1999-2000, record ozone losses of 70 percent wereobserved at altitudes around 18 kilometers (11 miles), and a great deal waslearned about the processes leading to the rapid ozone loss in the Arctic. The

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