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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - GRACE -
Full Name Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Status Currently being flown
Mission Agencies NASA, DLR Launch Date 17 Mar 2002
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date Oct 2015
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period 94 minutes
Orbit Sense TBD Orbit Inclination 89 deg
Orbit Altitude 400 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications 5-year nominal mission life, currently in extended operations. Extremely high precision gravity measurements for use in construction of gravity field models. GRACE consists of two satellites (A, B) serving one mission.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
Gravity and Magnetic FieldsGravity, Magnetic and Geodynamic measurements GRACE instrument
LandSoil moisture GRACE instrument
OceanOcean topography/currents GRACE instrument
Mission Instruments
GRACE instrument - GRACE instrument
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