NASA Earth Science Division Missions

  • Released Monday, July 22, 2013
  • Updated Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 2:54PM
  • ID: 30065

In order to study the Earth as a whole system and understand how it is changing, NASA develops and supports a large number of Earth observing missions. These missions provide Earth science researchers the necessary data to address key questions about global climate change.

Missions begin with a study phase during which the key science objectives of the mission are identified, and designs for spacecraft and instruments are analyzed. Following a successful study phase, missions enter a development phase whereby all aspects of the mission are developed and tested to insure it meets the mission objectives. Operating missions are those missions that are currently active and providing science data to researchers. Operating missions may be in their primary operational phase or in an extended operational phase.

Missions begin with a study phase during which the key science objectives of the mission are identified, and designs for spacecraft and instruments are analyzed. Following a successful study phase, missions enter a development phase whereby all aspects of the mission are developed and tested to insure it meets the mission objectives.

Current Earth Fleet Chart, updated graphic style

Current Earth Fleet Chart, updated graphic style

Full set of current Earth fleet charts: <br> full fleet with dates<br> full fleet without dates<br> current operating missions<br> current operating missions with international collaborations noted (flags)<br> all international collaboration (flags)

Full set of current Earth fleet charts:
full fleet with dates
full fleet without dates
current operating missions
current operating missions with international collaborations noted (flags)
all international collaboration (flags)

NASA's current Earth-observing satellite fleet with international/interagency partners.

NASA's current Earth-observing satellite fleet with international/interagency partners.

For More Information

See science.nasa.gov/earth-science/



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