8 January 1996
Monitoring Experiment (GOME) onboard the ERS-2 satellite ESA launched GOME, the most advanced instrument for Ozone and atmospheric trace gas monitoring in space, onboard ERS-2 on 21 April 1995. Its commissioning is about to be concluded.
Prof. Paul Crutzen of the MPI for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, a winner of the 1995 Chemistry Nobel Prize, has agreed to present the first calibrated and validated GOME data and the impact on atmospheric sciences, which can be expected from GOME, at a ESA Press Conference to be held on Tuesday, 23 January 1996, from 10.00 to 11.30 hours, at Noordwijk Space Expo near ESA/ESTEC, Keplerlaan 3, in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
Other speakers are Mr Jean-Marie Luton, ESA Director General, and Mr Guy Duchossois, Head of ESA's Earth Observation Mission Management Office. Prof. John Burrows of the University of Bremen, Germany, a leading GOME scientist, will also be present at the press conference.
Posters on GOME and the processing and use of its data will be prepared by: Officine Galileo of Florence (who built the instrument), the German Aerospace Research Establishment DLR (who runs the GOME data centre) and the Dutch weather office KNMI (an important user of GOME data). These organisations will also send representatives to the conference.
Journalists wishing to attend the press conference are requested to fill in the enclosed form and send it back, if possible by fax, to the ESA Public Relations Division.