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1993 Earth Observing System reference handbookMission to Planet Earth (MTPE) is a NASA-sponsored concept that uses space- and ground-based measurement systems to provide the scientific basis for understanding global change. The space-based components of MTPE will provide a constellation of satellites to monitor the Earth from space. Sustained observations will allow researchers to monitor climate variables overtime to determine trends; however, space-based monitoring alone is not sufficient. A comprehensive data and information system, a community of scientists performing research with the data acquired, and extensive ground campaigns are all important components. Brief descriptions of the various elements that comprise the overall mission are provided. The Earth Observing System (EOS) - a series of polar-orbiting and low-inclination satellites for long-term global observations of the land surface, biosphere, solid Earth, atmosphere, and oceans - is the centerpiece of MTPE. The elements comprising the EOS mission are described in detail.
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Document Type
Other - NASA Publication (NP)
Asrar, Ghassem
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Dokken, David Jon
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 1993
Subject Category
Earth Resources And Remote Sensing
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.83:202
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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