AURA, a NASA mission dedicated to the health of Earth's atmosphere, was finally launched today on the fourth try.
With the launch of Aura, the first series of NASA's Earth Observing System satellites is complete. The other satellites are Terra, which monitors land, and Aqua, which observes Earth's water cycle.
Aura will help answer three key scientific questions: Is the Earth's protective ozone layer recovering? What are the processes controlling air quality? How is the Earth's climate changing? NASA expects early scientific data from Aura within 30-90 days.
Aura's four instruments are:
- the High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder (HIRDLS)
- the Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS)
- the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI)
- the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES)
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