Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer

Aqua

Providers: 

Public Private Partnership: 

0Public Private Partnership

Aqua, Latin for water, is a NASA Earth Science satellite mission named for the large amount of information that the mission is collecting about the Earth's water cycle. The Aqua mission is a part of the NASA-centered international Earth Observin System (EOS). Aqua was formerly named EOS PM, signifying its afternoon equatorial crossing time.

Instrument: 

  • Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System
  • Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit - A
  • Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS)
  • Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
  • MODIS

Launch Date: 

Sat, 04/05/2002

Life span: 

6years

Terra

Providers: 

Public Private Partnership: 

0Public Private Partnership

Terra explores the connections between Earth's atmosphere, land, snow and ice, ocean, and energy balance to understand Earth's climate and climate change and to map the impact of human activity and natural disasters on communities and ecosystems. It was launched on 18 December 1999 and has far exceeded its design life, having a strong chance of operating successfullty into the early 2020s.

Instrument: 

  • Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer
  • ASTER
  • Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
  • MODIS
  • Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR)

Launch Date: 

Sat, 18/12/1999

Life span: 

6years
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