Sunday, November 7, 2010

A-Train Outreach Jazzes Up Science With New Orleans Students

Jazzes Up Science With New Orleans Students
When NASA scientists visited New Orleans to set up the A-Train Symposium, employees at the hotel hosting the event asked if they would please reach out to local students.

So last week, 14 researchers from NASA and university partners fanned out to classrooms in and around the city, engaging students in discussions about our home planet and the role of the A-Train fleet of Earth-observing satellites.

Topics presented in the schools included the ozone layer, how satellite technology affects the world around us, comparing Mars to Earth, weather and meteorology, careers, the scientific method, and how scientists use the A-Train to collect data.

"The reaction from the students and the teachers was tremendous," said Lin Chambers, one of the scientists from NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. "I think they were very appreciative of NASA being there, because that's not something we usually do at a symposium like this; and New Orleans is a bit out of the way for most of NASA's activities."

The A-Train collects data on the Earth system, including atmosphere, land surface and oceans. The formation includes the satellites Aqua, CloudSat, Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO), and Aura.


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