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Future NASA Atmospheric Missions

James Gleason(1)

(1) NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Mail Code 613.3, Greenbelt, MD 20771, United States


Following on the successful launch of Aura in July 2004, NASA will continue to add to the A-train with the spring 2006 launch of the CALIPSO and Cloudsat missions, followed by the fall 2008 launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO). The CALIPSO mission has three nadir-viewing instruments: a cloud-aerosol lidar for measuring aerosol and cloud height and properties, a 3-channel thermal infrared imaging radiometer, and a wide field cloud camera. The Cloudsat mission has a 94 GHz cloud profiling radar, returning cloud structure vs. height profiles. Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) is a mission focused on precision measurements of total column CO2 using reflected sunlight. These missions and how they relate to the other parts of the A-train will be presented. A brief report from a NASA workshop on future atmospheric science missions will also be presented.


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Keywords: ESA European Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne, observation de la terre, earth observation, satellite remote sensing, teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar, chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar, atmospheric chemistry