NASA Successfully Launches Environmental Satellite

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

I’ve always thought that we need to deal with problems here on Earth before exploring other planets, and it looks like NASA at least partially agrees with me. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA-N Prime spacecraft lifted off at 2:22 a.m. PST today aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from NASA’s Space Launch Complex 2. NOAA-N Prime will monitor environmental events around the world—including fires, crop productivity, and methane air pollution levels.

Chip in a few dollars a month to help support independent cleantech coverage that helps to accelerate the cleantech revolution!

The satellite also carries an instrument to study the quantity and extent of ozone in the atmosphere, as well as a space environment monitor that measures changes in Earth’s magnetic field.

NOAA-N is the last in a series of 16 polar-orbiting satellites launched since 1978. A new generation of environmental satellites, dubbed the National Polar Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS), will collect data and generate weather forecasts beginning in 2013.

Photo Credit: NASA

Have a tip for CleanTechnica? Want to advertise? Want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Latest CleanTechnica.TV Video

CleanTechnica uses affiliate links. See our policy here.