Programs & Missions

Aqua, Latin for water, is a NASA Earth Science satellite mission named for the large amount of information that the mission is collecting about the Earth's water cycle, including evaporation from the oceans, water vapor in the atmosphere, clouds, precipitation, soil moisture, sea ice, land ice, and...

 

ARIA is a collaboration between JPL and Caltech to exploit radar and optical remote sensing, GPS, and seismic observations for hazard science and response.   ARIA investigates the processes and impacts of earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, fires, subsurface fluid movement and other natural...

 

ASI

The Italian Space Agency was founded in 1988. Its purpose was to coordinate all of Italy's efforts and investments in the space sector that had begun in the 1960s. Within over twenty years' time...

 

ASP

The NASA Airborne Science ER-2 aircraft on takeoff. The Airborne Science Program (ASP) within the Earth Science Division is responsible for providing aircraft systems that further...

 

The Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) satellite provides new insight into the role that clouds and atmospheric aerosols (airborne particles) play in regulating Earth's weather, climate, and air quality. CALIPSO combines an active lidar instrument with...

 

The Flood Observatory’s mission is to: Conduct global remote sensing-based fresh water measurement and mapping in "near real time" and record such information into a permanent archive. Collaborate with humanitarian and water organizations in partnerships for enabling the maximum utility of such...

 

The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about the environment, Earth systems, and climate that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and models. The Earth Observatory staff is supported by the ...

 

 

This digital camera image of flooding in Peru in April 2017 was taken by astronauts onboard the International Space Station and georeferenced by members of the NASA Earth Science and...

 

The GFMS is a NASA-funded experimental system using real-time TRMM Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA) precipitation information as input to a quasi-global (50°N - 50°S) hydrological runoff and routing model running on a 1/8th degree latitude/longitude grid. Flood detection/intensity...

 

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Program (GOES) is a joint effort of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The GOES system currently consists of GOES-13, operating as GOES-East, in the eastern part of the constellation at 75 degrees west longitude...

 

GPM

The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission is an international network of satellites that provide the next-generation global observations of rain and snow. Building upon the success of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), the GPM concept centers on the deployment of a “Core”...

 

The Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia was meant to gather all scientific and technical institutions operating in Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy and to create a permanent scientific forum in the Earth Sciences. INGV cooperates with universities and other national public and private...

 

The International Space Station (ISS) is more powerful, and 4 times larger, than any human space craft ever built. ISS flies in an orbital inclination of 51.6 degrees, approximately 240...

 

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was born through the merger of three institutions, namely the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA). It was designated as a core...

 

 

Launched on February 11, 2013, Landsat 8 (formerly the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, LDCM) is the future of Landsat satellites. It is collecting valuable data and imagery to be used in...

 

 

NASA's Hurricane & Tropical Cyclone Web Page is one of the only information sites that covers all tropical cyclones around the world. NASA's Hurricane page covers all ocean basins and provides data on tropical cyclones with NASA satellite data. Information from NOAA's National Hurricane Center...

 

SERVIR is a global network of regional partners dedicated to environmental management through the integration of Earth observations and geospatial technologies. Credits: NASA...

 

SPoRT - the Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center - is a NASA project to transition unique observations and research capabilities to the operational weather community to improve...

 

Approximately the size of a small school bus, the Terra satellite carries five instruments that take coincident measurements of the Earth system: Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) Multi-angle Imaging...

 

The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), which flew from Novemer 2017 - June 2015, was a research satellite designed to improve our understanding of the distribution and variability of precipitation within the tropics as part of the water cycle in the current climate system. By covering the...

 

NASA’s Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats, or TROPICS, mission is a constellation of small satellites...