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Glory scheduled to launch March 4th 2011

GES DISC will archive Glory data products. Satellite dedicated to atmospheric aerosols and Sun-Earth energy budget will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Glory scheduled to launch March 4th 2011

Glory Spacecraft

Glory scheduled to launch March 4th 2011

The NASA GES DISC is Go for Glory launch – Glory data products,  vital for better understanding Earth's energy and climate systems, particularly the way in which the atmosphere absorbs, reflects, and scatters solar radiation, will be archived and distributed from the Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) (

NASA's Glory spacecraft with three sensors is being prepared for launch in March 2011 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Glory spacecraft will fly in the A-train formation of satellites between CALIPSO and Aura. Glory will  operate in a sun-synchronous polar orbit, with an ascending equator crossing time at 1:35 PM.

The instruments on Glory include the Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor (APS), which will scan the Earth's atmosphere and provide information about atmospheric aerosol particles that can affect climate by absorbing and scattering sunlight. Each type of aerosol leaves a unique polarization signature on the light it encounters, which the APS will characterize.  Glory's Cloud Camera will provide insight on the cloud-aerosol interaction and help in identifying cloud contamination in the APS field-of-view.  The third sensor, the Total Irradiance Monitor (TIM), is located on the opposite side of the spacecraft, facing the Sun, and will measure the intensity of solar radiation at the top of Earth’s atmosphere, to study long-term changes in the Sun's output and incoming radiation affecting the Earth’s climate.

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