Sister satellites CloudSat and CALIPSO are giving us our first 3D views of clouds and airborne particles called aerosols. These views help scientists understand how clouds and aerosols affect our weather, climate and air quality. Visit NASA’s CALIPSO learning page and Colorado State University’s CloudSat education page for more learning resources.
James Webb Space Telescope
The Ball-built optical system for Webb will explore planets around distant stars and detect light from the first stars and galaxies. Visit NASA’s JWST education page for more learning resources.
The NASA/USGS Landsat spacecraft have been imaging Earth's surface for nearly fifty years. Farmers, city planners, water managers and others use these pictures to make smart decisions. Visit NASA’s Landsat education page and the USGS Landsat learning page for more learning resources.
Image Credit: NASA/USGS
The Ball-built WISE spacecraft mapped the entire sky in infrared light. NASA’s now using the spacecraft for the NEOWISE mission, hunting for asteroids and comets near our planet—in other words, near earth objects (NEOs). Visit the WISE education page for more learning resources.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
The Ralph camera aboard the New Horizons spacecraft is famous for its Pluto images and data, but it’s also given us our first look at Kuiper Belt objects—the oldest, most distant objects in our solar system! Visit the New Horizons education page for more learning resources.
Suomi NPP continues to gather valuable data on Earth’s land, ocean and atmosphere conditions. It also provides imagery needed by weather forecasters, firefighters and emergency responders, helping them save lives. Visit the JPSS education page for more learning resources.
NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) mission will advance air quality research by helping experts assess and forecast air pollution over North America. Visit the TEMPO outreach page for more learning resources.