The Early Days of a Better Nation

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Holes in the sky

Mike Gallagher writes to correct himself:
Pedantic gloss on the ozone layer - British Antarctic Survey was the first to recognise it for what it was but GEOSAT was the first to detect it. NASA thought it had to be a glitch until independent confirmation came in from BAS.

Iain J Coleman coincidentally writes:
There's an error in one of the responses that you've published to your posting on Bush's sudden conversion to space exploration. I wouldn't normally be quite so picky, except that it involves my colleagues and I want to be able to look them in the eye at coffee time this afternoon. Mike Gallagher states that "A NASA Earth observation satellite found the hole in the ozone layer." This is untrue. The ozone hole was discovered by British Antarctic Survey scientists Joe Farman, Brian Gardiner and Jonathan Shanklin, using meteorological balloons. Of course, satellite measurements did play a crucial role in the subsequent analysis of ozone depletion.


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