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ACRIMSAT

The purpose of the Active Cavity Radiometer Irradiance Monitor III (ACRIM III) instrument is to... View Mission

Operating
ACT-America

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

Past
ADEOS Mission Image

Advanced Earth Observing Satellite (ADEOS) was the first international space platform dedicated... View Mission

Past
AirMOSS

North American ecosystems are critical components of the global carbon cycle, exchanging large... View Mission

Operating

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

Past

Aquarius is a focused satellite mission to measure global sea surface salinity (SSS). Its... View Mission

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ASCENDS Mission Image

ASCENDS will provide improved ability to predict/model long-term changes in the climate cycle... View Mission

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ATLAS

ATLAS-1 experiments focused on four scientific disciplines: atmospheric science, solar science,... View Mission

Operating
ATOM

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

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ATS

Applications Technology Satellite Program The Applications Technology Satellite (ATS) series was... View Mission

Operating
ATTREX

Stratospheric water vapor has large impacts on the earth’s climate... View Mission

Operating

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

Operating
CALIPSO

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

Past
CARVE

The carbon budget of Arctic ecosystems is not known with confidence since fundamental elements... View Mission

Past
CHAMP Mission Image

The CHAMP satellite was launched with a Russian COSMOS launch vehicle on July 15, 2000 and... View Mission

Future

The Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Mission has been... View Mission

Operating

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

Operating
COARL Mission Image

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

Past
CRRES Mission Image

The Combined Release and Radiation Effects Satellite (CRRES) was launched into a geosynchronous... View Mission

Operating
CYGNSS

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

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DISCOVER-AQ

DISCOVER-AQ mission goals are to improve the interpretation of satellite observations used to... View Mission

Operating
DSCOVR Mission Image

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

Past
Dynamics Explorer Mission Image

The Dynamics Explorer (DE) mission's general objective was to investigate the strong... View Mission

Past

Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) is an advanced land-imaging mission that will demonstrate new... View Mission

Future
ECOSTRESS

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

Past
ERBS

NASA's Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS) was designed to investigate how energy from the... View Mission

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ESSA Mission Image

The ESSA Program The Environmental Science Services Administration (ESSA) Satellite Program was... View Mission

Future
GEDI Mission

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

Past
Geosat

The U.S. Navy GEOdetic SATellite, GEOSAT, was launched on 12 March 1985, into an 800-km, 108-... View Mission

Operating

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

Operating
GOES-R

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

Operating

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