SCISAT/ACE (Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment)
12 August 2003
The SCISAT project will allow a group of international scientists to better understand the depletion of the ozone layer, especially over Canada and in the Artic.
The Canadian satellite SCISAT was successfully launched on August 13, 2003. During its two-year mission, SCISAT/ACE will help a team of Canadian and international scientists improve their understanding of the depletion of the ozone layer, with a special emphasis on the changes occurring over Canada and in the Arctic. The major scientific goal of the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) mission is to measure and understand the chemical processes that control the distribution of ozone in the Earth's atmosphere, especially at high altitudes. The ACE mission will work in conjunction with other instruments and missions planned by ESA, NASA, and other international partners over the next decade to gain a better understanding of the chemistry and dynamics of the atmosphere that affect the Earth's protective ozone layer.
PRODEX funded experiments on ACE:
At the Université Libre de Bruxelles: Profs. R. Colin and M.Carleer
At the Institut d'Aéronomie Spatiale de Belgique/Belgisch Instituut voor Ruimte Aëronomie: Prof P.Simon and Dr.M.De Mazière
At the Université de Liège: Prof. R. Zander and Dr. E. Mahieu