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From PUMA to AGU…

December 12th, 2006 by Sean Davis · No Comments

I’ve been pretty busy recently. …First, with the PUMA, a field campaign for making measurements of the chemistry/microphysics of the space shuttle plume from aboard the NASA WB-57, and, starting tomorrow, with the Fall AGU Meeting in San Francisco.

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the actual shuttle launch that happened last Saturday in Cape Canaveral, but I was down in Florida until Friday after the first launch attempt on Thursday night. Although I missed out on the best shuttle shots, I did take plenty of pictures, whcih I’ve posted here. Also, Darin Toohey posted some on his website.

As for the actual shuttle launch, it sounds like the plume passes were a success. The pilot and backseater thought they made at least two plume passes, and it turns out that the CLH total water instrument indeed saw two passes. O3 retreived data, and we’ll know more in about a week once we get time to look more at it and the CO2 data. In the meantime, we’re thrilled beyond belief that the WB-57 pilot and backseater, Bill and Dom, were able to find a ~0.5-1.5 km wide plume in the middle of the night at ~60,000 ft. with no moon and our 15 hour-old-sonde profile from which we advected the UTLS winds to try and get them in the right place!!! Thanks Bill and Dom!!!
In the meantime, I’m now in San Francisco for the annual AGU Fall meeting. …It’s always an exciting place to be, with more than 10,000 scientists attending! Among the highlights this year are Al Gore, who is giving a talk on scienctists, the media, and global warming. If I can keep up with all of the craziness, I’ll try to post some thoughts on interesting talks/posters/conversations I had. …If not, I’ll have to do a post-AGU roundup next week.

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