NASA deploys compact climate satellite to explore Earth’s polar regions

NASA is collaborating with the Earth System Science Pathfinder Program to launch PREFIRE, an initiative aimed at providing valuable measurements of far-infrared wavelengths emitted from Earth’s poles. This launch falls under NASA’s Venture-class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare (VADR) services contract and will take place at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

As the principal investigator for PREFIRE at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Tristan L’Ecuyer highlighted the rapid changes occurring on our planet, particularly in regions like the Arctic. These changes are unprecedented and call for new ways to understand and respond to them. PREFIRE aims to provide valuable measurements that will enhance climate and weather models, aiding people worldwide to better adapt to the effects of climate change.

The PREFIRE mission involves the use of spectrometers provided by NASA JPL, CubeSats built by Blue Canyon Technologies, and data processing handled by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The launch services will be provided by Rocket Lab USA Inc., located in Long Beach, California.

Interested individuals can learn more about the PREFIRE mission by visiting https://science.nasa.gov/mission/prefire/.

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