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Space Science Reviews

, Volume 125, Issue 1, pp 417-430

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Early Data from Aura and Continuity from Uars and Toms

  • E. HilsenrathAffiliated withNASA Goddard Space Flight Center Email author 
  • , M. R. SchoeberlAffiliated withNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • , A. R. DouglassAffiliated withNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • , P. K. BhartiaAffiliated withNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • , J. BarnettAffiliated withOxford University
  • , R. BeerAffiliated withJet Propulsion Laboratory
  • , J. WatersAffiliated withJet Propulsion Laboratory
  • , M. GunsonAffiliated withJet Propulsion Laboratory
  • , L. FroidevauxAffiliated withJet Propulsion Laboratory
    • , J. GilleAffiliated withUniversity of Colorado
    • , P. F. LeveltAffiliated withRoyal Netherlands Meteorological Institute

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Abstract

Aura, the last of the large EOS observatories, was launched on July~15, 2004. Aura is designed to make comprehensive stratospheric and tropospheric composition measurements from its four instruments, HIRDLS, MLS, OMI and TES. These four instruments work in synergy to provide data on ozone trends, air quality and climate change. The instruments observe in the nadir and limb and provide the best horizontal and vertical resolution ever achieved from space. After over one year in orbit the instruments are nearly operational and providing data to the scientific community. We summarize the mission, instruments, and initial results and give examples of how Aura will provide continuity to earlier chemistry missions.

Keywords

satellite observations atmospheric composition