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SHUTTLE'S DESERT DUST EXPERIMENT DELIVERS



Melissa Motichek
Headquarters, Washington           January 29, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-1141)
 

 
SHUTTLE'S DESERT DUST EXPERIMENT DELIVERS
 
     An experiment aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) has
uncovered a new phenomenon. Researchers made the discovery studying the
role of aerosol particles in global 
climate changes.
 
The Mediterranean Israeli Dust Experiment (MEIDEX) is 
gathering data about aerosol plumes emitted from deserts. 
MEIDEX builds on previous studies that showed aerosol 
particles might be one of the primary agents that can offset warming.
 
Professor Joachim Joseph of Israel's Tel Aviv University will announce
the MEIDEX findings at approximately 2:30 p.m., Thursday, January 30, at
NASA Headquarters in Washington. He will premier a video about MEIDEX
findings.
 
Interested media should arrive at the NASA Headquarters' west entrance at
300 E Street, S.W., Washington, by 2:00 p.m. EST. The briefing is in the
NASA newsroom. The announcement will be broadcast live on NASA TV. NASA
Television is available on GE-2, Transponder 9C, at 85 degrees west
longitude, vertical 
polarization; with a
frequency of 3880 MHz and audio of 6.8 MHz.
 
The web cast is available on the Internet at:
 
http://www.nasa.gov/ntv/ntvweb.html
 
MEIDEX is a joint project of the Israel Space Agency and 
NASA. Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon, is a member of the STS-107
crew.
 
For more information, contact Melissa Motichek at: 202/359-1141. More
information about MEIDEX is available on the 
Internet at:
http://spaceresearch.nasa.gov/sts-107/107_MEIDEX.pdf

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