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By NASA,
Program Manager: David Herring,
Responsible NASA official: Dr. Michael D. King,
U.S.A.

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  Japanese National Space Development Agency (NASDA) The agency reports to the Japanese Ministry of Science and Technology.
   
  Jason-1 Jason-1 is an oceanography mission to monitor global ocean circulation, discover the tie between the oceans and atmosphere, improve global climate predictions, measure sea level rise and monitor events such as El Nino conditions and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. The Jason-1 satellite carries a radar altimeter and it is a follow-on mission to the highly successful TOPEX/Poseidon mission. It is joint mission between France and USA.The satellite will be launched in late 2000. Jason web site
   
  Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Located in Pasadena, California, JPL is operated under contract to NASA by the California Institute of Technology. Its primary focus is the scientific study of the solar system, including exploration of the planets with automated probes. Most of the lunar and planetary spacecraft of the 1960s and 1970s were developed at JPL. JPL also is the control center for the worldwide Deep Space Network, which tracks all planetary spacecraft. JPL Web Site
   
  jet stream Rivers of high-speed air in the atmosphere. Jet streams form along the boundaries of global air masses where there is a significant difference in atmospheric temperature. The jet streams may be several hundred miles across and 1-2 miles deep at an altitude of 8-12 miles. They generally move west to east, and are strongest in the winter with core wind speeds as high as 250 mph. Changes in the jet stream indicate changes in the motion of the atmosphere and weather.
   
  Johnson Space Center (JSC) The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, located between Houston and Galveston, Texas, is the lead center for NASA's manned space flight program. JSC has been Mission Control for all piloted space flights since 1965, and now manages the Space Shuttle program. JSC's responsibilities include selecting and training astronauts; designing and testing vehicles and other systems for piloted space flight; and planning and executing space flight missions. The center has a major role in developing the Space Station. In addition, JSC directs operations at the White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico, which conducts Shuttle-related tests. The nearby White Sands Missile Range also serves as a backup landing site for the Space Shuttle. JSC Web Site
   
  Joint Education Initiative (JEI) The JEI project was developed by USGS, NOAA, NASA, industry, and teachers to enable teachers and students to explore the massive quantities of Earth science data published by the U.S. Government on CD-ROM. JEI encourages a research and analysis approach to science education.




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