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HARP named SmallSat Mission of the Year

[07-Aug-20] On August 6, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) named HARP the Small Satellite Mission of the Year. MORE
PACE By Wavelength

A Walk Through the Rainbow with PACE

[17-Jul-20] Why are there so many songs about rainbows? For NASA's upcoming Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem mission, or PACE, the colors of the rainbow - or, if you prefer, the visible wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum - are the key to unlocking a wealth of new data on skies and seas around the world. MORE
Satellite construction

NASA Ocean Ecosystem Mission Preparing to Make Waves

[04-Jun-20] NASA's Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem mission, or PACE, has successfully passed its design reviews and moved into its construction and testing phase, preparing to advance the fields of global ocean and atmospheric science when it launches in 2023. MORE

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for PACE Mission

[06-Feb-20] NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency's Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission. MORE

Tiny NASA Satellite Will Soon See 'Rainbows' in Clouds

[28-Oct-19] NASA's next attempt to map invisible specks in the atmosphere that impact climate change and air quality started from a window seat over the Pacific. MORE

PACE User Feedback Survey

[05-Oct-19] A survey has been designed to discover how you plan to use PACE data in your work. Your answers will help NASA anticipate the scope of PACE science and applications as well as the socioeconomic impact of future PACE products. MORE

PACE-ing Herself: Collin Roesler Explores the Deep Sea

[04-Oct-19] For the past three years, Dr. Collin Roesler, Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science at Bowdoin College, has been studying how phytoplankton in the ocean capture and export carbon dioxide into deeper areas and remove the gas from the atmosphere as part of NASA's Export Processes in the Ocean from Remote Sensing (EXPORTS) mission. Now the project is going airborne. MORE

NASA Ocean Ecosystem Mission Moves Forward

[28-Aug-19] After passing a key review hurdle, NASA's newest mission to study the health of Earth's ocean ecosystems and atmosphere is ready to move from design to reality. MORE

Small Steps, Giant Leaps: Ocean-Atmosphere Understanding

[14-Aug-19] The PACE mission represents a leap forward in observing ocean color and will provide an unprecedented view of the ocean. Scheduled to launch in 2022, PACE will extend NASA's 20-plus year record of satellite observations of global ocean biology, aerosols and clouds. In this podcast, Kathleen McIntyre discusses the mission and her perspective as PACE Deputy Project Manager. MORE

Dutch Aerosol Instrument on NASA Earth Ecosystem Satellite Receives Green Light

[07-May-19] The newly developed Dutch space instrument for aerosol measurement SPEXone is awarded 7 million Euros from the Netherlands Space Office. This completes the funding that is needed for the production of the instrument. Onboard NASA satellite PACE (launch 2022), SPEXone will map the amount and properties of aerosols with unprecedented accuracy, providing new valuable data to climate scientists. MORE

PACE Science and Applications Team Research Opportunity

[15-Mar-19] The purpose of the NASA NSPIRES solicitation (NNH19ZDA001N-PACESAT) is to formulate a Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, Ocean Ecosystem (PACE) Science and Applications Team (SAT) for a three-year period (FY20-22). The team will encompass basic and applied research and applications, using data from precursors to OCI, HARP-2, and SPEXone. The PACE mission is to include an ocean color sensor and one or more aerosol/cloud polarimeters, in order to produce data to maintain a time series of critical climate and Earth system variables. MORE

ROSES-18 Amendment 67: New Opportunity in A.48 PACE System Vicarious Calibration

[25-Feb-19] ROSES-18 Amendment 67 presents a new opportunity in program element A.48, Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, Ocean Ecosystem (PACE) Mission System Vicarious Calibration. MORE

Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express Launches

[03-Dec-18] On Monday, December 3rd at 10:34 a.m. EST, SpaceX successfully launched Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express to a low Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A series of six deployments occurred approximately 13 to 43 minutes after liftoff, after which Spaceflight began to command its own deployment sequences. MORE

Invasive Algal Blooms Discussed on SciTech Now

[24-Sep-18] Arabian Sea algal blooms are taking over the base of the food chain which could prove catastrophic for 120 million people living on the sea’s edge. Joaquim Goes, Research Professor at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York City joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss this growing problem on Public Broadcasting Systems' "SciTech Now." MORE

Expedition Probes Ocean's Smallest Organisms for Climate Answers

[08-Aug-18] Satellite images of phytoplankton blooms on the surface of the ocean often dazzle with their diverse colors, shades and shapes. But phytoplankton are more than just nature's watercolors: They play a key role in Earth's climate by removing heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. MORE

NASA's Ocean-Watching Mission Gets Jazzy, Colorful New Videos

[26-Jul-18] Four new videos showcase NASA's ocean-watching PACE mission with moving mosaics, stop-motion animation and jazz. The animations (which can also be viewed in the PACE video gallery) take on topics of biodiversity, harmful algal blooms, aerosols, and fisheries. MORE

NASA, NSF Plunge Into Ocean 'Twilight Zone' to Explore Ecosystem Carbon Flow

[18-Jun-18] A large multidisciplinary team of scientists, equipped with advanced underwater robotics and an array of analytical instrumentation, will set sail for the northeastern Pacific Ocean this August. The team's mission for NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) is to study the life and death of the small organisms that play a critical role in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and in the ocean's carbon cycle. MORE

Improved Ocean Color Data Software is Released

[09-May-18] SeaDAS is a comprehensive software package for the processing, display, analysis, and quality control of ocean color data. Originally developed to support the SeaWiFS mission, it now supports most U.S. and international ocean color missions. A new release, Version 7.5, includes over 1700 code updates that have resulted in enhanced statistical tools, help features, and other improvements. SeaDAS is available from the Ocean Biology Distributed Active Archive Center (OB.DAAC) at Goddard Space Flight Center. MORE

A Novel Approach to a Satellite Mission's Science Team

[12-Feb-18] The NASA Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, Ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission, with a target launch within the next 5 years, aims to make measurements that will advance ocean and atmospheric science and facilitate interdisciplinary studies involving the interaction of the atmosphere with ocean biological systems. Unique to this Earth science satellite project was the formation of a science team charged with a dual role: performing principal investigator (PI)-led peer-reviewed science relevant to specific aspects of PACE, as well as supporting the mission's overall formulation as a unified team. MORE

NASA Mission to Study Ocean Life Advances

[04-Aug-17] Following a key program review, the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem, or PACE, mission is now entering its design phase. MORE

NASA Taking Stock of Phytoplankton Populations in the Pacific

[03-Feb-17] The microscopic size of phytoplankton, the plant-like organisms that live in the sunlit upper ocean, belies their importance in the global environment. They provide the food source for the zooplankton that ultimately feed larger animals ranging from small fish to whales. And like plants on land, phytoplankton use carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to grow and thrive through photosynthesis, which ultimately releases oxygen into the ocean and atmosphere. MORE

NASA's Next Ocean Monitoring Spacecraft to be Built at Goddard

[29-Sep-16] The spacecraft for a new NASA satellite mission designed to monitor microscopic ocean life and its outsized impact on Earth's climate will be built at the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. MORE

PACE Mission Will Uncover New Information About Health of Our Oceans

[19-Jul-16] NASA's Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission is a first-of-its-kind project that aims to answer key questions about the consequences of climate change on the health of our oceans and their relationship with airborne particles and clouds. PACE will use a wide spectrum of wavelengths from an "ocean color" instrument to provide scientists with this information. MORE

New NASA Mission to Study Ocean Color, Airborne Particles and Clouds

[13-Mar-15] NASA is beginning work on a new satellite mission that will extend critical climate measurements of Earth's oceans and atmosphere and advance studies of the impact of environmental changes on ocean health, fisheries and the carbon cycle. MORE