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Launch Conference

Launch Conference

NPP Educator Launch Conference

Oct 26, 2011

An important and unique opportunity

Targeting K-12 educators & administrators

For formal and informal education

This educational program provided over 100 participants from around the nation with a personal tour of the NASA Mission Director Center, close-up viewing of the powerful Delta-II launch vehicle on the launch pad before and during launch as well as hands-on practical educator workshops and presentations by NASA & NOAA scientists and principal investigators and other practitioners.

Participants Learned about real-world Earth, atmospheric, and rocket science, and NPP's cutting-edge satellite instrument technology.

The NPP mission will link the current generation of Earth-observing satellites called the Earth Observing System (EOS) to a next-generation of operational polar-orbiting environmental satellites called the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  NPP Mission information at:

All this was capped by a spectacular flawless launch early Friday morning.

NPP's data products will help meteorologists improve weather forecasts and advance Earth and climate science.  The remote-sensing instruments aboard NPP will measure the Earth's atmospheric and sea surface temperatures, humidity and pressure profiles, land and ocean biological activity and cloud and aerosol properties.  NOAA meteorologists will incorporate the data into their weather and climate prediction models to produce accurate life-saving forecasts and warnings.  NPP will also help emergency responders monitor and react to natural disasters.


Additional Opportunities:

S'COOL NPP Observation Campaign:  You and your students are invited to make and report cloud observations . You will be providing ground-truth observations that will be used to evaluate the new satellite.  Please sign up at



Public Presentation by Dr. James Gleason, NASA NPP Mission Principal Investigator, at Phillips Hall (06-124) CalPoly on Saturday October 22nd from 6:00PM until 8:00PM   See Flyer and calendar for more details.

GLOBE Certification Workshop, Tuesday October 25th from 1:00PM to 5:00PM at the Endeavour Center  (Contact  See Flyer and calendar for more details