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A nauseating AP/CNN lie below.
Failed to explain why they are only focusing on the
Not a single detail about the other 180
If they were serious about this they
What are the "details of the clouds that
Why use an Israeli colonel instead of
It's all pointless anyway. Bush is an oilman
Astronauts eye dust plumes from above
Data will aid Israeli study of climate change
Saturday, January 18, 2003 Posted: 8:28 PM EST (0128
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- Space shuttle Columbia's astronauts aimed a pair of Israeli cameras at the Mediterranean and Atlantic on Saturday in search of airborne plumes of dust that might be affecting the weather.
The $2 million experiment is sponsored by the Israel Space Agency and Tel Aviv University. Their point man aboard the shuttle is Ilan Ramon, Israel's first astronaut, an engineering graduate of the university.
Researchers want to better understand how dust affects climate and are using the 16-day mission to gather evidence. The dust can be far-flung, with plumes originating in the Sahara Desert sometimes drifting across the Atlantic all the way to Florida.
So far, thick clouds have obscured the views, but the cameras are capturing details of the clouds that scientists say warrant further study.
As the cameras scan the Mediterranean, researchers stationed in Greece are taking dust measurements from an airplane for comparison.
Columbia's seven astronauts are conducting a slew of other experiments 180 miles above the Earth.
Among other things, the shuttle is carrying bugs, rats, crystals, moss and even sand, for a study of soil shift.
It is the first shuttle mission in three years that does not involve a trip to the international space station or Hubble Space Telescope.Copyright 2003 The AP. All rights reserved.
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