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NASA’s NPP Satellite Acquires First ATMS Measurements

 

Written by Cynthia O’Carroll
Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – The Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) on board NASA’s newest Earth-observing satellite, NPP, acquired its first measurements on November 8th, 2011. The image shows the ATMS channel 18 data, which measures water vapor in the lower atmosphere. Tropical Storm Sean is visible in the data, as the patch of blue, in the Atlantic off the coast of the Southeastern United States. The data were processed at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, MD.

The ATMS is one of five instruments on board the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project, or NPP, that launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, on October 28th.

This global image shows the ATMS channel 18-microwave antenna temperature at 183.3 GHz on November 8th, 2011. This channel measures atmospheric water vapor; note that Tropical Storm Sean is visible in the data, as the blue patch, in the Atlantic off the coast of the Southeastern United States. The ATMS data were processed at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, MD. (Credit: NASA/NOAA)

This global image shows the ATMS channel 18-microwave antenna temperature at 183.3 GHz on November 8th, 2011. This channel measures atmospheric water vapor; note that Tropical Storm Sean is visible in the data, as the blue patch, in the Atlantic off the coast of the Southeastern United States. The ATMS data were processed at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, MD. (Credit: NASA/NOAA)

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