Worlds of David Darling
Encyclopedia of Science
   
Home > Encyclopedia of Science

PARASOL (CNES satellite)




PARASOL
One of a constellation of satellites, which also includes Aqua, CALIPSO, and Aura, that fly in similar orbits around the Earth studying various processes on the land and ocean, and in the atmosphere. PARASOL, a CNES (French space agency) mission, is specifically designed to measure the direction and polarization of light reflected from areas of land observed by the lidar carried by CALIPSO. It was launched on Dec. 18, 2004 by an Ariane-5G rocket.


External site

PARASOL home page (CNES)


Related category

   • SATELLITES AND SPACE PROBES