NASA Releases

NASA's Aqua Satellite Spies a "€œ3-leaf Clover"€ View of Ireland for St. Patrick'€™s Day

Typical clovers have three leaves, unless you happen to be lucky, and NASA's Aqua satellite has provided three different views of Ireland to mark Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17, 2011. With the luck o’ the Irish, NASA's Aqua satellite was fortunate to capture mostly clear views of the Emerald Isle in these near-infrared/visible, infrared and microwave light views acquired by Aqua'™s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on March 3, 2011, at 13:11 UTC.

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Scientists Surf the Seas of Space to Catch an Atmospheric Wave

A study by NASA and university scientists is shedding new light on a mysterious, cyclical wave in Earth's atmosphere that at times profoundly affects our planet's weather and climate.

Using satellite data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (Airs) instrument on NASA's Aqua spacecraft, a research team led by Dr. Duane Waliser of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and Dr. Baijun Tian of the California Institute of Technology, also in Pasadena,, set out to study the structure and evolution of the Madden-Julian Oscillation.

NASA/NOAA Announce Major Weather Forecasting Advancement

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today outlined research that has helped to improve the accuracy of medium-range weather forecasts in the Northern Hemisphere.

NASA and NOAA scientists at the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation in Camp Springs, Md., came up with procedures to improve forecasting accuracy. The scientists worked with experimental data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite.

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NASA'S AQUA SATELLITE SHIPS TO LAUNCH SITE ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

NASA's Aqua spacecraft is ready to ship to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. to begin launch preparations. Aqua's 170-mile journey will begin late Sunday night, February 24 from TRW's Space Park manufacturing facility, via a special shipping container. Aqua will arrive at Vandenberg on Monday, February 25, where it will undergo final tests and integration with a Delta II rocket for launch in April.

Aqua Mission Briefing Set for April 22

The launch of Aqua, NASA's latest Earth Science satellite, is scheduled for Thursday, May 2, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The primary role of Aqua, as the name implies, is to gather information about water in the Earth's system. Equipped with six state-of-the-art instruments, Aqua will collect data on global precipitation, evaporation and the cycling of water -- information vital to better understand and protect the Earth.

Aqua Spacecraft Launched, Ready to Study Earth's Water Cycle

NASA’s latest Earth observing satellite, Aqua, successfully launched this morning at 2:55 a.m. PDT. Aqua is dedicated to advancing our understanding of Earth’s water cycle and our environment. Launching the Aqua spacecraft marks a major milestone in support of NASA’s mission to help us better understand and protect our planet.

The Aqua spacecraft lifted off from the Western Test Range of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., aboard a Delta II rocket at 2:55 a.m. PDT. Spacecraft separation occurred at 3:54 a.m. PDT. inserting Aqua into a 438-mile (705-kilometer) orbit.

AQUA MISSION STATUS

Mark Hess
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
(Phone: 301-286-8982)
Mark.Hess@gsfc.nasa.gov

RELEASE: 02-99

AQUA MISSION STATUS

NASA’s newest Earth Observing System satellite, Aqua, is successfully providing data and engineering images. After more than six weeks on-orbit, the spacecraft and its six instruments are almost midway through their checkout period and are performing extremely well.

CERES First-Light Images

Lynn Chandler
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
(Phone: 301-286-2806)

Chris Rink
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
(Phone: 757-864-6786)

IMAGE ADVISORY: EARTH FROM SPACE

NASA’s latest Earth Observing System (EOS) satellite, Aqua, is dedicated to advancing our understanding of Earth’s water cycle. Launched on May 4, Aqua’s multiple instruments produce data and images that are crucial toward improving our knowledge of global climate change.