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NASA Science Missions

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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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OSTM-JASON 2 Mission Image

The Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM) is a joint effort by four organizations to measure... View Mission

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The Pre-Aerosol, Clouds, and ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission will make global ocean color... View Mission

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PREFIRE

Revealing new aspects of the Arctic climate by measuring the full spectrum of polar radiant... View Mission

Past

QuikSCAT mission is intended to record sea-surface wind speed and direction data under all... View Mission

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RADARSAT-1 Mission Image

Canada's RADARSAT-1 is a radar satellite featuring variable resolution, and different view... 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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SAGE III Meteor 3M Mission Image

The SAGE III instrument was one of nine experiments on the Russian Meteor-3M spacecraft. It... View Mission

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Seasat Mission Image

Seasat was the first satellite designed for remote sensing of the Earth's oceans with synthetic... View Mission

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illustration of seawif spacecraft in orbit around Earth

The OrbView-2 (formerly SeaStar) satellite carried the SeaWiFS instrument which was designed to... View Mission

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SeaWinds ADEOS II Mission Image

The SeaWinds scatterometer is a specialized microwave radar that measures near-surface wind... View Mission

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Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich

Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite aims to collect the most accurate data yet on sea level... View Mission

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Sentinel 6B

Sentinel-6B will provide ongoing measurements of global sea level rise – one of the most... View Mission

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SIR-C Mission Image

SIR-C/X-SAR, part of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth, was studying how our global environment is... 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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SMS Mission Image

This program demonstrated the ability to put two weather satellites in geosynchronous orbit and... 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

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SRTM Mission Image

The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) obtained elevation data on a near-global scale to... View Mission

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The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) is a joint mission to extend key... View Mission

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SWOT Mission Image

The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission will contribute to a better understanding... View Mission

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TEMPO will measure atmospheric pollution covering most of North America, from Mexico City to the... View Mission

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On February 24, 2000, Terra began collecting what will ultimately... View Mission

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TERRIERS Mission Image

The Tomographic Experiment using Radiative Recombinative Ionospheric EUV and Radio Sources (... View Mission

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TIROS Mission Image

TIROS began continuous coverage of the Earth's weather in 1962 and provided the first accurate... View Mission

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TOMS-EP Mission Image

The Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer, launched in July 1996 onboard an Earth Probe Satellite (... View Mission

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TOPEX Mission Image

TOPEX/Poseidon monitored global ocean circulation, improved global climate predictions, and... View Mission

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Greenhouse gases and global warming continue to be one of the major environmental concerns in... View Mission

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TROPICS Mission Image

TROPICS observing system will measure environmental and inner-core conditions for tropical... View Mission

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TSIS-1 will provide absolute measurements important for accurate scientific models of climate... View Mission

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TSIS-2

TSIS-2, will collect the most detailed measurements to date of how much radiation the Sun emits... View Mission

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After a 14-year deployment on a mission to collect data on Earth's atmosphere and its... View Mission