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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 2020
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 3-year nominal mission life, currently in extended operations. Measurements of aerosol and cloud properties for climate predictions, using a 3 channel lidar and passive instruments in formation with CloudSat for coincident observations of radiative fluxes and atmospheric state.
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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