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Presenter: Kristen Rasmussen
From : University of Washington/NCAR
Date: September 5
Title: Convective initiation and hydrometeorological influence of extreme storms in subtropical South America

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NASA launches CSU-led Earth Radiation Budget Satellite

On October 4, 1984, the Space Shuttle Challenger was launched at dawn from Cape Kennedy carrying the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS). The ERBS principal instrument (ERBI) and 2 identical ones launched later on the NOAA-9 and NOAA-10 satellites were developed over an 8-year period by a national team of CSU/NASA/NOAA/Ball Aerospace/TRW scientists and engineers. Professor Tom Vonder Haar of the Department was the Lead Scientist along with Dr. Robert Curran and Mr. Ed Harrison of NASA, Dr. Herb Jacobowitz of NOAA and Dr. Ed Vande Noord of Ball. Ball Aerospace of Colorado built the satellite and it was launched from the Shuttle by Ms. Sally Ride, Mission Specialist, using the robotic arm. The entire Earth Radiation Budge Experiment (ERBE) was very successful with data used for climate research by thousands of scientist around the world. Instruments on ERBS collected data for more than 20 years.


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