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C. The Other Side Of The Moon

Narrator: This is Science Today. A new mission to study the Earth from deep space will also give researchers and students the opportunity to see the other side of the moon. Francisco Valero, director of the Atmospheric Research Lab at the University of California's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is in charge of developing the Triana mission, which is set to launch in December 2000.

Valero: In summary, I could say that Triana has much of an exploration in it, has much of looking for the new point of view of the Earth. We are trying to use Triana to approach Earth observations from a different point of view that has never been done before.

Narrator: From this point of view between the Sun and the Earth, the spacecraft will be on the other side of the moon.

Valero: So, the moon will come and cross our field of view and we will be looking at the moon from the wrong side - from the side that we never see from Earth. And that is interesting, it's inspiring and we can use that for calibration purposes.

Narrator: Images from Triana will be available on the Internet. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.