Early Data from Aura and Continuity from Uars and Toms
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- Hilsenrath, E., Schoeberl, M.R., Douglass, A.R. et al. Space Sci Rev (2006) 125: 417. doi:10.1007/s11214-006-9074-1
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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.