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Terra
An Earth observation satellite that carries multispectral imagers, a radiation budget instrument, a detector to measure carbon monoxide and methane pollution, and an instrument to study cloud-top and vegetation properties. Terra is part of NASA's EOS (Earth Observing System) and was formerly known as EOS AM-1.


launch date Dec. 18, 1999
launch vehicle Atlas IIAS
launch site Vandenberg Air Force Base
orbit 654 × 684 km × 98.2°
mass 4,854 kg


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