Stratospheric ozone monitoring
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Interview with BIRA-IASB scientist Alexis Merlaud, on an Antarctic expedition to measure aerosols at the Princess Elisabeth polar station.
The hole in the ozone layer above the Antarctic is very deep this year, due to the exceptionally cold temperatures in the stratosphere.
The launch of Vega Flight VV16, which will put the Belgian CubeSats PICASSO and SIMBA into orbit, has been postponed to August.
Two Belgian CubeSats, PICASSO (from the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy) and SIMBA (from the Royal Meteorological Institute) were launched simultaneously with about 50 tiny satellites, on board Europe’s inaugural Vega SSMS flight.
The largest hole in the ozone layer ever recorded over the North Pole. Unusual meteorological conditions are responsible.