Nearly canned NASA PACE satellite finally takes flight
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NASA has successfully launched its latest climate-monitoring satellite, PACE, which will study the impact of global warming on plankton and aerosol particles. The satellite will measure light intensity, polarization of sunlight, and the size and composition of particles to gain insights into the ocean's role in the climate cycle. PACE will also map the color of oceans to monitor changes in temperature and oxygen levels and examine huge dense plankton blooms observable from space. The satellite will be a valuable addition to NASA's ocean science research.
"Observations and scientific research from PACE will profoundly advance our knowledge of the ocean's role in the climate cycle," said Karen St Germain, director, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, at NASA.
PACE's journey to space was slow, as it was first proposed decades ago and faced funding challenges under the Trump administration. However, it was saved by Congress and has now been successfully launched. The PACE satellite will contribute to a new era of ocean science when combined with data from NASA's Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission.
"The value of PACE data skyrockets when we combine it with data and science from our Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission - ushering in a new era of ocean science," said Karen St Germain.
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