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NASA Science Missions

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ACT-America

Understanding the terrestrial carbon cycle is essential for diagnosing current and predicting... View Mission

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NASA's commitment to studying the Earth as a global system... View Mission

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ATOM

The Atmospheric Tomography Mission (ATom) will study the impact of human-produced air pollution... View Mission

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NASA's Aura is a mission to understand and protect the air we breathe. With the launch of Aura... View Mission

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CALIPSO

The CALIPSO satellite was developed to help scientists answer significant questions and provide... View Mission

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CloudSat uses advanced radar to "slice" through clouds to see their vertical structure,... View Mission

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COARL Mission Image

The goal of the COral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) is to provide critical data and new... View Mission

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CYGNSS

The Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) will make frequent and accurate... View Mission

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DSCOVR Mission Image

The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission is a multi-agency (NOAA, United States Air... View Mission

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ECOSTRESS

Future terrestrial biosphere changes are critically dependent on water availability and... View Mission

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GEDI Mission

The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) produces the first high resolution laser... View Mission

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The launch of the prototype Synchronous Meteorological Satellite, SMS-A, in May 1974 inaugurated... View Mission

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GOES-R

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R) is the next generation... View Mission

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Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) is an international satellite mission to provide next-... View Mission

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The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on (GRACE-FO) mission will allow scientists... View Mission

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ICESat (Ice, Cloud,and land Elevation Satellite) is the benchmark Earth Observing System mission... View Mission

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Illustration of Jason-3 spacecraft with earth in background

Jason-3 is a satellite mission that supports scientific, commercial and practical applications... View Mission

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LAGEOS 1&2

LAGEOS, or Laser Geodynamics Satellites, are a series of satellites designed to provide an... View Mission

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Landsat 7, launched on April 15, 1999, continues the legacy of... View Mission

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The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), Landsat 8, launched on February 11, 2013, is the... View Mission

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Landsat 9 Mission Image

A land imaging mission making critical observations of the long term environmental changes we... View Mission

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MetOp A&B

MetOp is a series of three polar orbiting meteorological satellites developed and operated by... View Mission

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MetOp-C

MetOp is a series of three polar orbiting meteorological satellites developed and operated by... View Mission

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Plankton ecosystems of the ocean are strongly interconnected with climate and life on Earth. A... View Mission

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Illustration of NOAA spacecraft with earth in background

NOAA-N (POES-N) launched May 20, 2005 and is the latest polar-orbiting satellite developed by... View Mission

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OCO-2 Mission Image

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory -2 (OCO-2) is based on the original OCO mission that was... View Mission

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OCO 3 Mission Image

Orbiting Carbon Observatory – 3 (OCO-3) is a complete stand-alone payload built using the spare... View Mission

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OMG

Global sea level rise will be one of the major environmental challenges of the 21st Century.... View Mission

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Southern Africa produces almost a third of the Earth’s biomass burning aerosol particles, yet... View Mission

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SAGE III mission poster

The SAGE III instrument is used to study ozone, a gas found in the upper atmosphere that acts as... View Mission

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The Soil Moisture Active-Passive (SMAP) mission has been recommended by the NRC Earth Science... View Mission

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SORCE Mission Image

SORCE is a NASA-sponsored satellite mission that will provide state-of-the-art measurements of... View Mission