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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - Aura -
Full Name Aura (formerly EOS Chemistry)
aka EOS Chemistry
Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies NASA, FMI, NIVR, NSO, UKSA Launch Date 15 Jul 2004
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date Sep 2017
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 98.8 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 98.2 deg
Orbit Altitude 705 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 13:38 Repeat Cycle 16 days
Objectives and Applications 5-year nominal mission life, currently in extended operations. Chemistry and dynamics of Earth’s atmosphere from the ground through the stratosphere.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAerosols HiRDLS, OMI
Atmospheric Humidity Fields HiRDLS, MLS (EOS-Aura), TES
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature HiRDLS, OMI
Cloud particle properties and profile MLS (EOS-Aura)
Ozone HiRDLS, MLS (EOS-Aura), OMI, TES
Trace gases (excluding ozone) HiRDLS, MLS (EOS-Aura), OMI, TES
Atmospheric Temperature Fields HiRDLS, MLS (EOS-Aura), TES
LandSurface temperature (land) TES
Mission Instruments
HiRDLS - High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder
MLS (EOS-Aura) - Microwave Limb Sounder (EOS-Aura)
OMI - Ozone Measuring Instrument
TES - Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer
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