RE: Weather Balloon X2-Obara

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Fehr, Ralph

Mar 10, 2009, 4:51:09 PM3/10/09
to Kittaka, Chieko (LARC-E3)[Science Systems and Applications, Inc.],, Wiley, Paris



We all miss John, and thought that our X2 project would keep his spirit alive.  Thank you for the kind words.


Ralph Fehr


From: Kittaka, Chieko (LARC-E3)[Science Systems and Applications, Inc.] []
Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 10:27 AM
Subject: Weather Balloon X2-Obara


Dear Professor Fehr,

I couldn’t help sending you this email after I read an article about the weather balloon that you and your students built.

My name is Chieko Kittaka. I am an atmospheric scientist working at NASA Langley research center, Hampton, VA, as a contractor. More importantly, I am John Obara’s friend.

I would like to congratulate you and your students on the successful project. I am glad to know that the young people got an opportunity to build such a sophisticated instrument by themselves and actually used the data from it for scientific studies. Indeed, John would be so proud.

I am currently working on the project ‘CALIPSO’. It is one of the NASA satellite missions. We use the laser technology to observe cloud and aerosol distributions from space. I had a lot of conversation with John about my work. He was very interested in how CALIPSO works. We also discussed various atmospheric phenomenons frequently.

I can imagine him having a big smile on his face and saying ‘Hey Chieko, my students are GOOD, aren’t they?’

I would like to thank you and your students for keeping his spirit alive within you and the students.

Chieko Kittaka

Chieko Kittaka
Address: NASA Langley Research Center
         MS 401B
         Hampton, VA 23681-2199
Phone:   (757)864-9587
Fax:     (757)864-6326

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