July 2007 Sea Ice ATBD
July 2007 Ocean ATBD Supplement
July 2007 L2 Rainfall ATBD
July 2007 L3 Rainfall ATBD
|The Aqua AMSR-E is a cooperative effort between
NASA and the National Space Development Agency (JAXA) of Japan,
with the collaboration of scientific and industry organizations
in both countries.
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The AMSR-E antenna stopped spinning at 0726GMT Oct 4, 2011, most likely due to aging lubricant in the mechanism. AMSR-E is currently not producing any data. The Aqua spacecraft accommodated the spin-down, which occurred over a period of about 25 minutes, and continues to operate normally, with all other instruments functioning in science mode. NASA will work with JAXA to understand the condition of the AMSR-E instrument and possible future steps.
support of the Earth Science Enterprise's goals, NASA's
Earth Observing System (EOS) Aqua Satellite was launched
from Vandenberg AFB, California on May 4, 2002 at 02:54:58
a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. The primary goal of Aqua, as
the name implies, is to gather information about water in
the Earth's system. Equipped with six state-of-the-art instruments,
Aqua will collect data on global precipitation, evaporation,
and the cycling of water. This information will help scientists
all over the world to better understand the Earth's water
cycle and determine if the water cycle is accelerating as
a result of climate change.
The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - EOS (AMSR-E)
is a one of the six sensors aboard Aqua. AMSR-E is passive
microwave radiometer, modified from the Advanced Earth Observing
Satellite-II (ADEOS-II) AMSR, designed and provided by JAXA
(contractor: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation). It observes
atmospheric, land, oceanic, and cryospheric parameters,
including precipitation, sea surface temperatures, ice concentrations,
snow water equivalent, surface wetness, wind speed, atmospheric
cloud water, and water vapor.
AMSR-E Data Access and Use