NASA Launches Climate Satellite for Polar Study

NASA Launches Climate Satellite for Polar Study
NASA Launches Climate Satellite for Polar Study/NASA
NASA Launches Climate Satellite for Polar Study
NASA Launches Climate Satellite for Polar Study/NASA

NASA Launches Climate Satellite for Polar Study

NASA Launches Climate Satellite for Polar Study

NASA Launches Climate Satellite for Polar Study

Key Highlights:

  • NASA’s PREFIRE mission aims to study heat emissions at Earth’s poles.
  • The satellite was launched atop Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket from New Zealand.
  • The mission’s CubeSats will measure far-infrared radiation to better predict climate changes.

NASA has successfully launched the first of a pair of climate satellites as part of its PREFIRE (Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment) mission. Lifted off atop Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket from Launch Complex 1 in Mahia, New Zealand, the satellite is set to study heat emissions at Earth’s poles. The mission comprises two shoebox-size cube satellites, or CubeSats, designed to measure the amount of heat Earth radiates into space from polar regions.

The PREFIRE mission is crucial for researchers aiming to better predict changes in Earth’s ice, seas, and weather patterns amidst a warming world. By measuring far-infrared radiation emitted from the Arctic and Antarctic environments into space, the mission aims to fill significant gaps in understanding Earth’s energy budget. Ground controllers successfully established communication with the CubeSat shortly after launch, marking a significant milestone in the mission’s progress.

Following a 30-day checkout period, the mission is expected to operate for 10 months, providing valuable insights into Earth’s changing climate. The data collected by the mission’s CubeSats will enable better climate and weather modeling, aiding in addressing the challenges posed by global warming. The PREFIRE mission underscores NASA’s commitment to studying and understanding Earth’s climate system amidst ongoing climate change.

Source: ANI

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