Source: NASA

Authors: Anthony Greicius, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Published Date: Thu, 30 May 2024 16:01:04 +0000

Summary: A pair of new shoebox-size NASA satellites will help unravel an atmospheric mystery that’s bedeviled scientists for years: how the behavior of clouds and water vapor at Earth’s polar regions affects our planet’s climate. The first CubeSat in NASA’s Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment (PREFIRE) mission launched from New Zealand on Saturday, May 25. Clouds and water vapor can trap far-infrared radiation on Earth, thereby increasing global temperatures — part of the greenhouse effect. The PREFIRE mission aims to reduce that uncertainty.

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