the Glory satellite into space on Feb. 23. The project aims to provide new details about the total solar energy entering our EarthÛªs atmosphere, and about aerosols that reflect and absorb the sun’s rays. ItÛªs a chance to bring more information down to Earth about what can be done to combat the worst effects of climate change.NASA plans to launch
According to Nature.com, the environmental monitoring satellite will join the Afternoon Constellation, also known as the A-Train, an existing group of four satellites that are already monitoring climate influences like clouds, water vapor, weather patterns and greenhouse gas concentrations.
GloryÛªs solar monitoring system was built the University of ColoradoÛªs Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. The satelliteÛªs aerosol sensor was constructed by Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in California.
As explained by Discovery News, the new monitor and sensor will help scientists to better understand the dynamics of global warming. The new instruments will help researchers sort out changes in the sunÛªs energy from natural and human-caused influences on the climate.
Hal Maring, Glory program scientist at NASA Headquarters, said in a statement.ÛÏThe scientific knowledge gained from Glory will have a significant impact on our understanding of natural and human influences on climate,”
NASA officials say the EarthÛªs climate continues to change ÛÏat a rapid pace.Û
Data from NASAÛªs Goddard Institute for Space Studies shows that 2010 was tied as the warmest year on record.
Glory aims to offer a new stream of data that climatologists will use as part of an ongoing effort to improve the accuracy of climate models, officials say.
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