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GRACE

The primary goal of the GRACE mission is to accurately map... View Mission

Future

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

Past
GRIP Mission Image

The Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) experiment was a NASA Earth science field... View Mission

Past
HS3

Close to 100 million Americans now live within 50 miles of a coastline, thus exposing them to... View Mission

Past

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

Future

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

Past
Illustration of Jason spacecraft with earth in background

Jason was an oceanography mission to monitor global ocean circulation, improve global climate... View Mission

Operating
Illustration of Jason-2 spacecraft with earth in background

This satellite altimetry mission provides sea surface heights for determining ocean circulation... View Mission

Operating
Illustration of Jason-3 spacecraft with earth in background

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

Future
Illustration of JPSS satellite in orbit over earth

JPSS-2 will make afternoon weather and climate measurements as it orbits Earth, a shared ground... View Mission

Operating
LAGEOS 1&2

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

Operating

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

Operating
earth science, landsat 8, mission

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

Future
Landsat 9 Mission Image

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

Operating
MetOp A&B

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

Future
MetOp-C

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

Past
MOMS Mission Image

The Modular Optoelectronic Multispectral Scanner (MOMS) is a scanning system (based on CCD... View Mission

Past
MOS Mission Image

MOS-1 was equipped with three types of sensors: MESSR,( a spectrometer for measuring visible... View Mission

Future

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

Past
Nimbus

The Nimbus Program The Nimbus satellites, first launched in 1964, carried a number of... View Mission

Future
NISAR

The proposed NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) Mission, a collaboration between the... View Mission

Operating
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

Past
OCO Mission Image

OCO provided space-based observations of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), the principal human-... View Mission

Operating
OCO-2 Mission Image

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

Future
OCO 3 Mission Image

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

Future
OMG

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

Future

The advanced Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) tracks the health of the ozone layer and... View Mission

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IceBridge Mission Image

NASA’s Operation IceBridge images Earth's polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand... View Mission

Future

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

Operating
OSTM-JASON 2 Mission Image

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

Future

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

Operating

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