Infrared Sounder on Suomi NPP Starts its Mission

Infrared Sounder on Suomi NPP Starts its Mission. Therefore the Data is flowing in from the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) instrument aboard NASA’s newest Earth-observing satellite, the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP).

Although This image is a composite of three days of CrIS data from January 21, 23 and 25, 2012. Also The orange colors represent very warm sea surface temperatures, while magenta represents both very cold temperatures as well as high-altitude cloud tops. Credit: NASA/NOAA

Suomi was originally intended as a pathfinder for the NPOESS program. Therefore  was to have replaced NOAA’s Polar Operational Environmental Satellites and the U.S. Air Force’s Defense Meteorological Satellite Program.  Also the Suomi was launched in 2011 after the cancellation of NPOESS. And to serve as a stop-gap between the POES satellites and the Joint Polar Satellite System. It will replace them. Its instruments provide climate measurements that continue prior observations by NASA’s Earth Observing System.

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