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Brazil joins international efforts to better understand the Earth

October 28, 2011

NASA and the Brazilian space agency (AEB) recently entered into a research partnership to study the ozone layer and global rain patterns. The Associated Press reports that NASA Director Charles Bolden and Marco Antonio Raupp, the head of the AEB signed the agreement at the Brazilian agency's headquarters in Sau Paulo.

"The technically skilled and dedicated researchers in Brazil are excellent partners for NASA, and we look forward to many more years of successful international cooperation in space-based Earth science," Bolden said, according to BNO News.

The partnership between NASA and the AEB will fuel the Ozone Cooperation Mission, which will launch weather balloons from Maxaranguape, Brazil, to observe various atmospheric components. The data collected on this mission will be used to further the understanding of the Earth's ozone layer.

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