Designed to monitor the Sun

The Earth’s energy balance and the effect on climate requires measuring black carbon soot and other aerosols, and the total solar irradiance. Glory was a low Earth orbit (LEO) scientific research satellite designed to achieve two major goals: Collect data on the properties of aerosols and black carbon in the Earth’s atmosphere and climate system to enable a greater understanding of the seasonal variability of aerosol properties and on solar irradiance for the long-term effects on the Earth climate record. The Glory mission launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday, March 4, 2011, but failed to reach orbit.

Mission Class:

Larger Missions

Mission Status:


LASP Roles:


Science Target:

Sun, Earth's Atmosphere

Mission Focus:

Aerosols, Climate, Earth's Atmosphere, Solar Irradiance

Launch Date: March 4, 2011
Mission Duration: Glory failed to reach orbit

Lead Institution: NASA

Partners: Raytheon Santa Barbara Sensing, Orbital Science Corporation