ESCAPE is one of two candidates vying to be the next satellite to launch under NASA’s ambitious Explorers Program. NASA has given the team funding to develop their concept further with the agency making its final decision in 2021. If selected, ESCAPE would survey the radiation streaming from more than 200 stars to make a road map of the most promising habitable worlds.
NASA has awarded a sole source contract to the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder for the Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor-2 (TSIS-2). The new sensor provides continuity to data delivered by TSIS-1, which launched in December 2017. LASP will receive funding to build two instruments, the Total Irradiance Monitor (TIM) and Spectral Irradiance Monitor (SIM) and will operate the spacecraft after it launches in 2023.
This week, NASA announced that it has given the green light to Libera, a new space mission that will record how much energy leaves our planet’s atmosphere on a day-by-day basis—data that can provide crucial information about how Earth’s climate is evolving over time.