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STS-107 EXPERIMENT- The Inconstant Sun



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

NASA Science News for January 17, 2003

If you thought the sun was an unwavering beacon, you're wrong.  Its
brightness varies--only by a small amount, but perhaps enough to
influence Earth's climate.  An experiment called SOLCON on board shuttle
mission
STS-107 is monitoring the sun's brightness high above Earth's cloudy
atmosphere.  Researchers say it's crucial data for studies of climate
change.

FULL STORY at

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2003/17jan_solcon.htm?list98377

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