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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - NIMBUS-7 -
Full Name NIMBUS-7 Status Mission complete
Mission Agencies NASA Launch Date 24 Oct 1978
Mission Links EOL Date 01 Oct 1994
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 99.28 minutes
Orbit Sense N/A Orbit Inclination 104.09 deg
Orbit Altitude 943 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAerosols SAGE II
Atmospheric Humidity Fields SAGE II
Atmospheric Winds SAGE II
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature SAGE II
Ozone SAGE II, TOMS
Trace gases (excluding ozone) SAGE II, TOMS
Atmospheric Temperature Fields SAGE II
OceanOcean colour/biology CZCS
Snow & IceSea ice cover, edge and thickness SMMR
Mission Instruments
CZCS - Coastal Zone Color Scanner
LIMS - Limb Infrared Monitor of the Stratosphere
SAGE II - Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment-II
SAMS - Stratospheric and Mesospheric Sounder instrument
SBUV/1 - Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet 2 instrument
SMMR - Scanning Multi-channel Microwave Radiometer
TOMS - Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer
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