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  • The mechanical team assembles in the clean room where they prepared the PACE Observatory before launch. (Photo: NASA)

    A Vivid New View of Earth

    Living on Earth - A powerful new NASA satellite called PACE can look at the ocean and clouds to distinguish between different kinds of microscopic phytoplankton and aerosols from an orbit 400 miles up. PACE Project Scientist Dr. Jeremy Werdell joins Host Jenni Doering to describe how the technology works, its value to scientific research on climate change, and the real-time data it provides about water and air quality worldwide.

  • Keeping PACE with the Oceans

    NASA Goddard - Did you know that we can detect tiny organisms called phytoplankton from space?  These creatures affect the colors of the ocean, and NASA’s PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud Ocean Ecosystem) satellite can see those colors in fine detail. Join NASA’s chief scientist Kate Calvin as she explores the PACE mission in depth with oceanographers Ivona Cetinić and Bridget Seegers.

  • NASA Leader Emphasizes Satellite Data and Collaboration to Combat Climate Change

    Via Satellite - NASA wants to play a key role alongside the commercial satellite industry to use satellite technology to help avert the climate crisis. In a recent keynote at the Earth Observation Summit in London, Dalia Kirschbaum, director of the Earth Science Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, said that NASA wants to help create an integrated system of data and make that available to others to address the climate crisis.

  • PACE Makes the Invisible Visible

    NASA Goddard - PACE, the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud and ocean Ecosystem mission, views our entire planet every day, returning data at a cadence that allows scientists to track and monitor the rapidly changing atmosphere and ocean, including cloud formatiPACE, the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud and ocean Ecosystem mission, views our entire planet every day, returning data at a cadence that allows scientists to track and monitor the rapidly changing atmosphere and ocean, including cloud formation, aerosol movement, and differences in microscopic ocean life over time.

  • Aerosols, as observed by PACE’s HARP2 and SPEXone instruments.

    PACE Celebrates National Ocean Month With Colorful Views of the Planet

    NASA - What do you give to an ocean that has everything? This year, for National Ocean Month, NASA’s Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) satellite— is gifting us a unique look at our home planet. The visualizations created with data from the satellite, which launched on Feb. 8, are already enhancing the ways that we view our seas and skies. 

  • Setting the PACE in Ocean Observations: NOAA Incorporating New NASA Science Mission Data into Operational Ocean Color Observations

    NOAA - NOAA offers a comprehensive set of ocean color products that integrate information from NOAA, NASA, and international partner satellites. These products are used to assess water quality and monitor potentially harmful algal blooms in order to protect public health. On February 8, 2024, NASA launched the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission, which is another new resource to help us better understand our oceans and climate.

  • New PACE Data Tutorials

    EarthData - NASA's Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) spacecraft recently began providing scientists with their first look at the high-resolution, hyperspectral data that so many have been anxiously waiting to see. Now that the data are flowing, the PACE team is developing a series of Jupyter notebook tutorials to guide researchers using the Python coding language to access, visualize, and analyze PACE data. These data are available through NASA’s Ocean Biology Distributed Active Archive Center (OB.DAAC).

  • 6 Ways Satellites are Helping to Monitor our Changing Planet from Space

    European Sting - When ERS-2 came spiralling down to Earth in March, it wasn’t just another satellite burning up in the atmosphere. ERS-2 was the last surviving of two satellites scientists reverently call “grandfathers of Earth observation in Europe”.
    Launched in the early 1990s by the European Space Agency (ESA), the two ERS (Earth Remote Sensing) missions offered scientists new ways of studying our planet’s atmosphere, land and oceans. This included monitoring the sea ice, deforestation, ozone levels and many other aspects relating to our planet’s health.

  • In New Zealand, as in other places shown by NASA, the coasts are surrounded by turquoise edges, a color that can be caused by the presence of sediments from the seabed, churned by waves and tides. These sediments feed populations of small algae which, in turn, are food for phytoplankton. This creates a microscopic and marine menu that gives color to the coasts of New Zealand.

    NASA Images that Reveal the True Colors of the Oceans

    MSN -The waters of the Earth can be blue, of course, but also beige. In fact there are so many hues of blue, shades of green and colors in between that one ends up being amazed by the palatte colors present. In February, NASA launched its PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) satellite with which it has been capturing images of not just the aqueous surfaces of our planet, but also pictures that give you a whole new perspective of the Earth’s surface which can now be consulted on its website.

  • NASA Unveils Ocean Algal Blooms Through Satellite Imaging

    National Fisherman - For decades, NASA – the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – has provided satellite images of the sea, revealing late winter and autumnal algal blooms in upwelling regions. The data was useful, to a degree, but limited. “We were getting a signal using six or seven colors from the rainbow,” says PACE project scientist Jeremy Werdell. “With the new technology, we are reading 200 different colors of the rainbow.” 

  • NASA'S PACE Mission is Helping Scientists Understand Interactions Between Oceans, Atmosphere

    news n'ne - A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched the PACE mission in February this year.  After a brief commissioning period, the spacecraft has initiated operations.  The data has started flowing in, allowing scientists to examine how the oceans and atmosphere interact with each other.

  • The Gulf of Oman in the Middle East

    earth.com - NASA launched the PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on February 8, 2024. The mission marks a significant advancement in our ability to study Earth’s oceanic and atmospheric systems. The PACE satellite is equipped with a state-of-the-art Ocean Color Instrument (OCI), designed to capture intricate details of ocean phenomena that are often invisible to the naked eye. This technology aims to provide new insights into the complex interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere.

  • NASA's PACE Satellite will Tackle the Largest Uncertainty in Climate Science

    The Economist - Small things can have big effects. Take the plant plankton that populate the Earth’s oceans. When zooplankton eat them, the phytoplankton release a chemical called dimethyl sulphide (DMS) and it is this that people are referring to when they speak of the “smell of the sea". Chemical reactions in the atmosphere turn DMS into sulphur-containing particles that offer a surface for water vapour to condense on. Do that enough times and the result is a cloud. Clouds, in turn, affect both the local weather and, by reflecting sunlight into space, the world’s climate.

  • NASA Satellite Monitors Ocean Health

    Richomd Times - As the world’s oceans have moved into their 12th consecutive month as the warmest on record, a new National Aeronautics and Space Administration Earth-observing satellite mission has come online. It will monitor the ocean health and particulates in the atmosphere.

  • Advancing Ocean Science with "Trailblazing" PACE Mission

    USF News -  From the air to sea, small things can have big impacts on our planet.
    Aquatic microorganisms known as phytoplankton serve as photosynthesizing powerhouses, producing more than half of Earth’s oxygen. Aerosols — often-invisible particles suspended in the atmosphere — can have significant influence on Earth’s climate, weather, public health, and ecology.

  • Maryland Team on NASA Project to Examine Ocean, Atmosphere

    The Baltimore Banner -  To better understand the ocean surface, NASA scientists went to the stars.
    The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) satellite launched into orbit on Feb. 8 on a quest to better understand the microscopic content of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans.
    “This mission is really the search for the invisible,” NASA Project Scientist Jeremy Werdell told Capital News Service.
    Two Maryland teams — from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County — and a team from the Netherlands Institute for Space Research and Airbus Netherlands B.V., each worked on one of the three instruments on the satellite.

  • Celebrating Earth Day with NASA

    WSAZ - For more information about NASA’s Earth science missions and research, check out: nasa.gov/earth and @NASAEarth on social media.
    For more about the PACE mission, click here: nasa.gov/pace

  • All About NASA's Newest Earth-observing Satellite Pace

    KHOU11 - Though every day is Earth Day at NASA, this year they are focusing on oceans and telling us about the newest Pace satellite.

  • NASA Satellite to Help with Algae and Hurricane Forecasting

    First Coast News - NASA is studying our oceans through their newest satellite called PACE, which stands for Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud and ocean Ecosystem. 
    Since launching in February, it’s been tracking aerosols.
    "The reason for that is multiple issues that impact the climate, impacts air quality, but also aerosol particles are the nuclei for forming clouds," said Dr. Amir Ibrahim, a PACE Ocean Scientist. "So cloud particles basically form around these aerosol particles."
  • NASA Studies Earth's Oceans and Atmosphere with New PACE Satellite

    WBAY -  GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Monday marks the annual observance of Earth Day, a day dedicated to our big blue marble was inspired in part by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson back in 1969 and first observed on April 22, 1970.
    NASA is beginning to bring in information from this satellite, PACE, which was launched just two months ago. PACE stands for Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, and Ocean Ecosystem and it was designed to detect particles in the ocean and air to help understand climate change.

  • This Week @NASA: New Partners to the Artemis Accords, Altitude Chamber Upgrade, PACE Satellite

    SciTechDaily - TWAN More partners in space exploration …
    New data measuring ocean health, air quality, and our climate …
    And an upgrade to testing facilities for Artemis II …

     

    A few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!

  • Earth Day Media Briefing: NASA Unveils New Elements of Climate Research

    NASA - Live from our Headquarters in Washington, we’re hosting a media briefing ahead of Earth Day 2024 to share information about NASA's climate research. We'll discuss new airborne science flights, our latest Earth science strategy, and to share data from our newest Earth-observing satellite, PACE, which stands for Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, and Ocean Ecosystem. Participants • Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator https://www.nasa.gov/people/nasa-admi... • Dr. Karen St. Germain, division director, NASA Earth Sciences Division https://science.nasa.gov/people/karen... • Tom Wagner, associate director for Earth Action https://appliedsciences.nasa.gov/abou...

  • NASA Invites Media for Climate Update, New Earth Missions

    NASA - In anticipation of Earth Day, NASA invites media to a briefing at the agency’s headquarters on Friday, April 19, at 11 a.m. EDT. The event will share updates on NASA’s climate science and early data from the agency’s ocean-watching PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) mission, as well as reveal upcoming Earth airborne missions.

  • NASA's Near Space Network Enables PACE Climate Mission to Phone Home

    NASA - The PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) mission has delivered its first operational data back to researchers, a feat made possible in part by innovative, data-storing technology from NASA’s Near Space Network, which introduced two key enhancements for PACE and other upcoming science missions.

  • The Ocean Touches Everything: Celebrate Earth Day with NASA

    NASA - On Earth Day, Learn How NASA Investigates the Blue in Our Blue Planet

    This Earth Day, join us in person and online to learn how NASA studies the ocean from space. Explore the complex connections between sea, air, land, and climate through a mix of in-person and virtual activities, talks, and trivia.

  • NASA's New Satellite Unveils First Data on Ocean Health and Climate Change

    Space Daily - NASA's newest Earth-observing satellite, the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE), has begun distributing science-quality data essential for studying ocean health, air quality, and climate change effects. Launched on February 8, PACE underwent extensive in-orbit testing to ensure its instruments function correctly. The public can now access this data through the dedicated portal.

  • First Data from UMBC's HARP2 Instrument on NASA PACE Mission Goes Public

    UMBC News - Data from NASA’s newest Earth-observing satellite, which will provide insight into ocean health, air quality, and the effects of a changing climate, are now available. The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) satellite launched on February 8, and after several subsequent weeks of testing of the spacecraft and instruments, the mission is gathering data that the public can access.

  • NASA's PACE Data on Ocean, Atmosphere, Climate Now Available

    NASA - NASA is now publicly distributing science-quality data from its newest Earth-observing satellite, providing first-of-their-kind measurements of ocean health, air quality, and the effects of a changing climate.

  • Pioneers Utilizing NASA's PACE Satellite for Air Quality and Marine Health Investigations

    UBJ - Ahead of its planned launch in February 2024, NASA mission officials have been working with a diverse group of applied scientists and environmental experts, gearing up for the vast array of benefits that PACE data is expected to bring to applied real-world scenarios. The Early Adopter program of PACE is an initiative designed to incorporate scientific findings into commercial, environmental, and policy-making endeavors, all aimed at societal advancement.

  • Smoke from Canadian wildfires drifts slowly south over the United States’ Midwest. The drifting smoke can be seen in this Terra satellite image taken in December 2017 over Lake Michigan, as well as parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio. NASA MODIS Rapid Response Team / Jeff Schmaltz

    Early Adopters of NASA's PACE Data to Study Air Quality, Ocean Health

    NASA - From the atmosphere down to the surface of the ocean, data from NASA’s PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) satellite benefits ecosystems, human health, and underrepresented communities.

    Years before the launch in February 2024, mission leaders from NASA teamed with dozens of applied scientists and environmental professionals to prepare for the many practical uses that could be informed by PACE data. PACE’s Early Adopter program integrates science data into business, environmental management, and decision-making activities to benefit society.

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