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Copy of The Aqua Satellite
Transcript of Copy of The Aqua Satellite
The Aqua Satellite's mission is to monitor and study the Earth's Water Cycle. This includes water vapor in the atmosphere as well as the evaporation from the oceans surface. The satellite also covers radiative energy fluxes and aerosols.
Purpose and Mission
The orbital location of Aqua is POES. Which stands for polar orbiting satellites. This machine is also part of the EOS or Earth Observing System, that includes several other satellites that compose the Afternoon Constellation. It takes Aqua about 1-2 days to circle the earth completely.
MODIS: Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, studies aerosol, land, and fires/volcanoes.
Scanning Radiometer: Measures cloud properties as well as ice and snow, and covers the sea temp.
AMSU-A: Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit, monitors atmospheric humidity.
CERES: Clouds and Earth Radiant Energy System, scientists use this instrument to study the energy exchanged between the Sun and the Earths's atmosphere.
Features and Characteristics
Size: Half of a bus
Shape: Rectangular with long rod
Weight: 6,542 lbs
The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center operates and owns the Aqua satellite. However, Brazil and Japan have both contributed toward it.
Ownership and Launch
Launch Date: May 4, 2002
Aqua has contributed to our society by providing extensive information on our earth's atmosphere and the ocean. This helps scientists better monitor and predict weather. The satellite's major benefit lies in the better understanding of earth's climate change.
Launched by: Vandenberg Airforce Base
The Aqua's mission and life expectancy was supposed to last 6 years. However, this specific satellite exceeded it's limits. The estimated year Aqua will retire is 2020. When this happens the space craft will either be reused and or established as orbiting space junk.