Title: NASA's Earth-Observing Aqua Satellite Mission
Abstract: NASA’s Earth-observing Aqua satellite was launched into space on May 4, 2002; and since that time, Aqua has been collecting and transmitting data on the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, land, and ice. These data have contributed to over 20,000 scientific publications cited over 500,000 times in the scientific literature and have been used for numerous practical applications, from weather forecasting to air quality analyses to monitoring such phenomena as forest fires, oil spills, sea ice, dust storms, and volcanic ash plumes. The speaker has been Project Scientist for the Aqua mission since April 1993, starting nine years before the satellite launched. She will give an overview of the mission, a sampling of its results, an estimate of when the mission might end (based on fuel and power limitations), and an indication of the types of tasks that take place largely behind the scenes by the Project Scientist and others to enable such missions to continue and succeed.
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