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Mission Category: Earth Observing System (EOS), A-Train
Launch Date: March 4, 2011
Launch Location: Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA
Actual Completion Date: March 4, 2011
The Glory satellite consists of a spacecraft bus and three instruments and will be launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard a Taurus 2110 launch vehicle. Glory's remote sensing mission is designed to:
1) collect data on the optical, microphysical, and chemical properties, and spatial and temporal distributions of aerosols and clouds; and 2) continue the long-term total solar irradiance climate record.
NASA's Glory spacecraft failed to reach orbit after its 5:09:45 a.m. EST liftoff Friday March 4, 2011 from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. The fairing on the Taurus XL launch vehicle failed to separate.
Key Glory Facts
|Launch Vehicle:||Taurus 2110|
|Altitude:Distance from sea level.||705km|
|Local Node:Approximate time, at the equator when vehicle is directly overhead.||1:30 p.m.|
APS (Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor)
CC (Cloud Camera)
TIM (Total Irradiance Monitor)
|Deputy Project Scientist(s):||
Ellsworth Judd Welton
Relevant Science Focus Areas:
- Atmospheric Composition
- Carbon Cycle, Ecosystems, and Biogeochemistry
- Climate Variability and Change
- Water and Energy Cycles
Relevant Science Questions:
- How does the Earth system respond to natural and human-induced changes?
- How is the global Earth system changing?
- How will the Earth system change in the future?
- Use data collected on the optical, microphysical, and chemical properties of aerosols and clouds to analyze aerosols and aerosol-cloud interactions.
- Measure total solar irradiance for long-term climate studies.
- Air Quality
- Carbon Management
- Ecological Forecasting
- Invasive Species
- Public Health