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January 23, 2011

NASA to launch newest Earth-observing research mission

NASA is preparing to launch its newest Earth-observing research mission called the Glory. The mission, originally confirmed in 2005, was developed by a team of engineers and scientists at several government, industry, and academic institutions across the country. The glory is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California February 23 at 5:09 a.m. EST where it will join a fleet of satellites called the Afternoon Constellation (A-train) in space. The mission is intended to improve our understanding of how the Sun and tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols affect Earth's climate. The two primary instruments intended to help with this are the Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor (APS) and the Total Irradiance Monitor (TIM). After its launch, mission operators will conduct verification tests for 30 days and then begin to collect data for at least 3 years (NASA 2011).

Full article at http://www.astronomy.com/en/News-Observing/News/2011/01/NASA%20prepares%20to%20launch%20next%20Earth-observing%20satellite%20mission.aspx

Posted by chomingc at January 23, 2011 10:03 PM

Comments

This type of exploration is very interesting to me. I think it's great that NASA can launch missions not just to explore space, but to learn more about our planet as well. The ways we can reduce global warming from Earth have been a hot topic of discussion, so I think it is intriguing to explore global warming from the outside too. Hopefully this mission can provide valuable data and insight to help scientists tackle the issue of climate control.

Posted by: emslade at January 24, 2011 08:42 PM

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