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2001 Leonid MAC

Two storm peaks were predicted, one visible from the America's (1767 dust trail) and one from Asia and Australia (1866 dust trail). Earth from perspective of shower Latest model results suggested to us that both peaks may have similar intensity. When a multi-day deployment became impossible due to heavy use of the FISTA aircraft for in-flight tanking, we chose to deploy a local mission over the continental USA, focussing on the 1767 dust trail encounter. The mission was complimented by ground-based observations from Australia.

The flight path was an initial eastward trajectory out of Edwards AFB to Alabama, and then a slow westward return flight. This permitted the coverage of the 1767 dust trail under good viewing conditions.

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Flight path in 2001 Leonid MAC mission

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