NASA Ocean Ecosystem Mission Moves Forward
Artist depiction of the PACE spacecraft in Earth orbit.
(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. The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission will study phytoplankton - microscopic plants and algae that live in the ocean - as well as the clouds and atmospheric aerosol particles above the water. Every mission goes through a rigorous review process on its journey from idea to launch, and PACE is now cleared to move forward to the critical design phase of the mission. NASA