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D. The Latest on the Triana Mission

Narrator:This is Science Today. NASA's Triana Mission, which will help scientists construct more accurate models of the Earth's climate and energy balance, has recently received enthusiastic support from White House Science and Technology advisor, Neal Lane. The development of the Triana mission is led by Francisco Valero, who directs the Atmospheric Research Lab at the University of California's Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Valero: The scientific of Triana is to observe the Earth from deep space, which is very different from what we had been doing so far. We will increase the accuracy of our observations, we will have simultaneous observations and we're able to see the whole thing and very importantly, we are not scanning - the Earth is rotating and processing in the field of view of Triana.

Narrator: Images of Triana's view will also be available over the Internet for educational purposes.

Valero: We are getting students involved at all levels. K to 12, undergraduate and graduate students, so the whole range of students are involved in the project.

Narrator: Triana is set to launch in January 2001. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.