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CERES JPSS-1 Pictures

Image: JPSS-1 Launch Image: JPSS-1 Launch

These images are from the first light scans of Langley's Clouds and Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) FM6 instrument aboard a NASA Earth-observing satellite launched November 18, 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The attached files are our the First Light images (full 24-hr period of data collection) collected January 6, 2018.

Image: JPSS-1 Launch

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) blasted off the launchpad at Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast 1:47 a.m. PST (4:47 a.m. EST) Saturday, Nov. 18. On the NOAA satellite were five science instruments, including the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System Flight Model 6 (CERES FM6), a NASA instrument that measures the solar energy reflected by Earth, the heat the planet emits, and the role of clouds in that process.
Image: CERES-FM6 solar panel test
February 6, 2016 Inspection of the CERES FM6 Instrument on the JPSS-1 satellite.
Image: JPSS-1 Inspection The Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) FM6 instrument is scheduled for launch later this year on NOAA's JPSS-1 satellite.

It has joined five other CERES instruments on orbit. CERES monitors a variety of cloud properties, prevalence, altitude, thickness, and the size of cloud particles.

The Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) experiment is one of the highest priority scientific satellite instruments developed for NASA's Earth Observing System.

CERES products include both solar-reflected and Earth-emitted radiation from the top of the atmosphere to the Earth's surface. Cloud properties are determined using simultaneous measurements by other EOS instruments.
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