The Aura Validation Experiment (AVE) is a series of fields campaigns using aircraft and balloon flights to gather local atmospheric data which be used to validate remote measurements taken from the Aura satellite. The first campaign in the validation series took place in October 2004 with a series of flights from the WB-57F High-Altitude Research aircraft.

The AVE June 2005 field campaign mission, based at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, will conduct a series of science flights in June of 2005. The WB-57F aircraft will be loaded with a suite of in situ and remote sensing instruments to collect data on atmospheric gases, such as ozone, methane, and water vapor, aerosols, and cloud physical properties.

For more information on the Aura satellite visit http://eos-chem.gsfc.nasa.gov