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Missions: ESSP

Missions in the NASA Earth System Science (ESSP) program are characterized by innovative design and relatively rapid implementation. These are focused missions that uniquely examine important components and physical processes within the global climate systems, including atmospheric CO2 distribution, sea surface salinity variation, mass water movement, and the vertical structure of clouds and aerosols.

To learn more about the program, visit http://nasascience.nasa.gov/about-us/smd-programs/earth-system-science-pathfinder.

Mission Mission Category Status
Aquarius Completed
Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) Current, Extended Mission
CloudSat Current, Extended Mission
Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) Current
Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation Lidar (GEDI on ISS) Future, Formulation
Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Current, Extended Mission
Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols (MAIA) Future, Formulation
Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) Launch Failure
Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) Current
Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 (ISS-OCO-3) Future, Implementation

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