CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - GRACE -
Full Name Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Status Mission complete
Mission Agencies NASA, NASA, DLR, DLR, ESA, ESA, GFZ, GFZ Launch Date 17 Mar 2002
Mission Links mission site | data access portal EOL Date 27 Oct 2017
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog #s 27391 (TLE), 27392 (TLE)
International Designators 2002-012A, 2002-012B
Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period 91 minutes
Orbit Sense N/A Orbit Inclination 89 deg
Orbit Altitude 327 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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GRACE Level 1B/2 Data Products
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The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission was a joint project between NASA and DLR. The primary science objective of GRACE was to measure the Earth’s gravity field and time variability with unprecedented accuracy. The secondary science objective was to obtain approximately 150 very precise globally distributed vertical temperature and humidity profiles of the atmosphere per day using the GPS radio occultation technique. ESA offers access to worldwide GRACE data via the TPM scheme. Read more

OpenSearch Datasets Selected IDN OpenSearch Results (search all 70 )
Clock conversion parameters from receiver to GPS time for GRACE-A
CSR TELLUS GRACE Level-3 Monthly Land Water-Equivalent-Thickness Surface Mass Anomaly Release 6.0 ve ...
CSR TELLUS GRACE Level-3 Monthly Ocean Bottom Pressure Anomaly Release 6.0 version 04
ESA Greenland Ice Sheet Climate Change Initiative (Greenland_Ice_Sheet_cci): Greenland Gravimetric M ...
ESA Greenland Ice Sheet Climate Change Initiative (Greenland_Ice_Sheet_cci): Greenland Gravimetric M ...
ESA Greenland Ice Sheet Climate Change Initiative (Greenland_Ice_Sheet_cci): Greenland Gravimetric M ...
ESA Greenland Ice Sheet Climate Change Initiative (Greenland_Ice_Sheet_cci): Greenland Gravimetric M ...
GFZ TELLUS GRACE Level-3 Monthly Land Water-Equivalent-Thickness Surface Mass Anomaly Release 6.0 ve ...
GFZ TELLUS GRACE Level-3 Monthly Ocean Bottom Pressure Anomaly Release 6.0 version 04
GRACE ATMOSPHERE AND OCEAN DE-ALIASING GFZ RELEASE 6.0

Selected FedEO OpenSearch Results (view all 13 results: browser , table )
ESA Greenland Ice Sheet Climate Change Initiative (Greenland_Ice_Sheet_cci): Greenland Gravimetric M...
CLIMATE APPLICATIONS: Climate change detection (Ringer and Healy, Geophys. Res. Lett., 2008; Lackner...
CLIMATE APPLICATIONS: Climate change detection (Ringer and Healy, Geophys. Res. Lett., 2008; Lackner...
CLIMATE APPLICATIONS: Climate change detection (Ringer and Healy, Geophys. Res. Lett., 2008; Lackner...
CLIMATE APPLICATIONS: Climate change detection (Ringer and Healy, Geophys. Res. Lett., 2008; Lackner...
CLIMATE APPLICATIONS: Climate change detection (Ringer and Healy, Geophys. Res. Lett., 2008; Lackner...
CLIMATE APPLICATIONS: Climate change detection (Ringer and Healy, Geophys. Res. Lett., 2008; Lackner...
GRACE-A and GRACE-B Level 1B, Level 1B combined and Level 2 Data Products
ESA Greenland Ice Sheet Climate Change Initiative (Greenland_Ice_Sheet_cci): Greenland Gravimetric M...
ESA Greenland Ice Sheet Climate Change Initiative (Greenland_Ice_Sheet_cci): Greenland Gravimetric M...

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