Earth  ID: 2948

Simulated Aura/OMI Data Collection

On June 19, 2004, NASA launches Aura, a next generation Earth-observing satellite. One of several instruments on the Aura satellite is the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI). OMI is a contribution of the Netherland's Agency for Aerospace Programs (NIVR) along with the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI). OMI will continue the TOMS record for total ozone and other atmospheric parameters related to ozone chemistry and climate. (For more information on the Aura project, please visit

Note: The size of the satellite model in the following animation and stills has been exaggerated for aesthetic purposes.



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Visualization Credits

Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Chris Meaney (HTSI): Animator
Mark Schoeberl (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Ernest Hilsenrath (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Anne Douglass (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Eric Bucsela (University of Maryland Baltimore County): Scientist
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Data Used:
NO2 Annual Mean Total Column Density
Model - Harvard and NASA/GSFC - 1998/04/15
Harvard GEOS-CHEM for tropospheric NO2 and NASA/GSFC CTM for stratospheric NO2. Data delivered by Eric Buscela.
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

This item is part of this series:
Aura Prelaunch

Goddard TV Tapes:
G2007-001HD -- NASA's HD Climate Change Resource Tape
G2008-042HD -- HD Fires, Ozone, and Air Quality RT

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