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Earth Science Division Highlights for February 20, 2013

• NASA Ames AJAX featured on “This Week at NASA”

The NASA Ames Alpha Jet Atmospheric eXperiment (AJAX) project was one of the features on “This Week at NASA” of February 15, 2013.  The news article described carbon dioxide and methane observations obtained by AJAX in collaboration with the San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).

• ATTREX mission continues with 3rd and 4th flights

The Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment, a NASA Earth Venture 1 mission,  completed its 3rd science flights from DFRC February 14.   The fourth is underway as this is written (February 21).  All flights from Dryden have sampled troposphere/stratosphere boundary in the mid-Pacific.  Science team members are now providing graphs of initial data analysis.   The final two flights for this deployment are scheduled for next week.

• Site survey for MIZOPEX mission underway

Randy Berthold (SGE) is in Deadhorse, Alaska this week conducting a site survey in support of Marginal Ice Zone Observations and Processes Experiment (MIZOPEX).  The site survey is to determine if Deadhorse has the facilities needed for deployment of the SIERRA UAS, the current platform for MIZOPEX.   The Airborne Science office at Ames was asked by NASA HQ early this calendar year to use SIERRA for MIZOPEX after the initial platform of choice, IKHANA, was not available for flights in Alaska this summer.

ARC Earth Science meetings with USGS next week

Steve Hipskind (SG) will give a presentation on February 25th at USGS Menlo Park.  The presentation, a summary of Earth science research and applications work at Ames, is in preparation for a Innovation Center Earth Science Workshop  at USGS in Menlo Park on February 27.  The workshop will be an opportunity for ARC and USGS personnel to continue to explore opportunities for collaboration between Ames Earth science and the new USGS Center for Innovation.

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