October 18, 2013
TORONTO, ON – Scientists, government and industry partners are hosting a special media event on Tuesday, October 22 at the University of Toronto to celebrate a decade of success for Canada’s Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) SCISAT satellite mission.
SCISAT was launched in 2003 by NASA. Two instruments on board measure more than 30 different molecules – more than have ever been measured from space before – and improve our understanding of the depletion of the ozone layer, especially the changes occurring over Canada and in the Arctic. The Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) measures in the infrared, while MAESTRO (Measurements of Aerosol Extinction in the Stratosphere and Troposphere Retrieved by Occultation) measures in the ultraviolet, visible and near infrared. SCISAT has lasted an extremely long time for space hardware and as a result of its longevity has been successful in providing critical, long-term trend information about the composition of the atmosphere.
Media are invited to meet the scientists and learn more about the mission’s achievements, including:
Participants will include: University of Waterloo’s Peter Bernath, mission scientist, University of Toronto’s Kaley Walker, deputy mission scientist, and York University’s Tom McElroy, MAESTRO principal investigator. The event marks the 10th anniversary of the day that the first solar measurements made by the two instruments on board the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) were transmitted down to the ground.
WHAT: ACE/SciSat 10th anniversary mission media event
WHERE: Room 110
McLennan Physics Building, 60 St. George Stree
University of Toronto
WHEN: Tuesday, October 22
11 a.m. – 12:30 pm
TO CONFIRM ATTENDANCE, CONTACT:
Communications, Faculty of Arts & Science
University of Toronto
Additional information and materials:
SCISAT/ACE Mission Websites:
ACE Science Team at the University of Waterloo: http://ace.uwaterloo.ca/
SCISAT at Canadian Space Agency: http://asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/satellites/scisat/default.asp
Videos related to ACE can be obtained by FTP:
FTP site: ftp://email@example.com
Password: No password, just hit enter
Or from the web:
Download from ACE Science Team at University of Waterloo: