NASA Announces Media Day For Hurricane Research Flights

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Aug. 12, 2010

George Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Steve Cole
Headquarters, Washington 

Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters 
Johnson Space Center, Houston



WASHINGTON -- NASA will host media in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and 
Houston on Tuesday, Aug. 31, for a behind-the-scenes look at the 
agency's major airborne campaign studying Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of 
Mexico hurricanes. The campaign, called the Genesis and Rapid 
Intensification Processes mission, or GRIP, starts next week. 

Scientists will spend six weeks flying NASA research aircraft in and 
around storms and the areas where they may be forming. Instruments 
onboard NASA's aircraft will collect data to help enhance 
understanding of how tropical storms form and become hurricanes. 

NASA's DC-8 aircraft, which will carry seven science instruments, is 
based in Fort Lauderdale. NASA's WB-57 aircraft, which will carry two 
instruments, is based in Houston. Media day events will feature a 
briefing with mission scientists and flight crews, followed by tours 
of the aircraft and interviews. 

The Florida event will be at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood 
International Airport from 8 to 10 a.m. EDT. The Texas media day will 
be at the Johnson Space Center's Ellington Field in Houston from 1 to 
3 p.m. CDT. The date of the media day is subject to change depending 
on the schedule of research flights.

Reporters planning to attend must pre-register by Tuesday, Aug. 24. 
For the Ft. Lauderdale event, contact Rob Gutro at 301-286-4044 or For the Houston event, contact Nicole 
Cloutier-Lemasters at 281-483-5111 or

For more information about the GRIP mission, visit: 


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