ASTER

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.
Terra is in a circular sun-synchronous polar orbit that takes it from north to south (on the daylight side of the Earth) every 99 minutes.

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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