Countdown to Glory launch underway

Glory: Observing the Earth's Aerosols & Solar Irradiance

Glory, a climate-observing satellite set for launch in late February 2011, will extend and improve measurements of both aerosols and solar variability. (Courtesy NASA/GSFC)

At Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, engineers are preparing the next Earth-observing NASA mission, Glory, which is slated to launch in late February. Glory carries the LASP-built Total Irradiance Monitor (TIM) instrument, which will be directed towards the sun and will measure the intensity of solar radiation that enters the Earth’s atmosphere.

A NASA press conference about Glory on January 20, 2011, included Greg Kopp, a research scientist at LASP. Kopp is the leader of the TIM science team.

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