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In the News: NASA Langley set for CERES launch to study Earth’s energy budget

The Earth’s energy budget is a complicated thing.

But understanding how much of the sun’s energy hits the planet and where, how much energy the planet emits back, and the key role clouds play in that process is crucial to studying the complex processes that fuel our weather and climate, ocean currents and the interplay of our atmosphere all the way up to the biosphere.

NASA Langley Research Center has been sending instruments into orbit to study the energy budget on a global scale for 17 years now, and regionally since 1984. The Hampton facility is the only entity on the planet making those global measurements.

In the wee hours Tuesday, Langley is set to launch the sixth and last in that suite of satellite instruments, called CERES, for Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System.

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