Advanced Instrument Systems (AIS)
Design and develop complex instrument systems to support commanding, state monitoring, data acquisition, realtime alignment control algorithms, science processing and data delivery.
Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS)
The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, AIRS, is an instrument whose goal is to support climate research and improved weather forecasting.
The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft is currently exploring the ringed planet, Saturn, its mysterious moons, its stunning rings and its complex magnetic environment.
The Electronic Nose, with a much wider dynamic range than the human nose, is being designed to monitor the air on future manned spacecraft and detect toxic substances.
Jupiter Polar Orbiter (Juno)
Juno will fly to Jupiter and orbit its polar regions in order to understand the planet's gross size and structural properties, as well as measure Jupiter's atmospheric composition, temperature and deep wind profiles.
James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
The James Webb Space Telescope is a large, infrared-optimized space telescope, scheduled for launch in 2013. JWST will find the first galaxies that formed in the early Universe, connecting the Big Bang to our own Milky Way Galaxy.
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scheduled for launch in 2008, will study the Moon's radiation environment, map the lunar topography in high-resolution, scan for resources in the polar regions and map the composition of the lunar surface.
Mars Exploration Rovers (MER)
NASA's twin robot geologists, the Mars Exploration Rovers, launched toward Mars on June 10 and July 7, 2003, in search of answers about the history of water on Mars.
Microwave Instrument for the Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO)
MIRO (Microwave Instrument for the Rosetta Orbiter) is a scientific instrument on the ROSETTA Spacecraft that will measure temperatures and abundances of asteroids and comets.
Multi-Angle Imaging Spectro-Radiometer (MISR)
The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument provides a unique opportunity for studying the ecology and climate of Earth through the acquisition of global multiangle imagery on the daylit side of Earth.
Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS)
The Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) experiments on the UARS and Aura satellites measure microwave thermal emission from the limb (edge) of Earth's atmosphere to remotely sense vertical profiles of atmospheric chemical composition, temperature, pressure, and
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) launched in 2005 and is on a search for evidence that water persisted on the surface of Mars for a long period of time.
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
The Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover, the most technologically advanced rover ever built, landed in Mars' Gale Crater the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT) using a series of complicated landing maneuvers never before attempted
Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2)
OCO-2 is designed to provide space-based global measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) with the precision and resolution needed to identify and characterize the processes that regulate this important greenhouse gas.
The Phoenix Mars Mission landed on Mars on May 25, specifically designed to measure volatiles (especially water) and complex organic molecules in the arctic plains of Mars. Phoenix ceased communications in November 2008.
Spitzer Space Telescope (SST)
The Spitzer Space Telescope has unprecedented infrared sensitivity that will allow astronomers to study the most distant, coldese, and most dust-obscured objects and processes in the universe.
Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES)
TES (Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer) is one of four science instruments aboard NASA's Aura satellite, which was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on July 15, 2004.
Vehicle Cabin Atmosphere Monitor (VCAM)
VCAM, made up of a gas chromatograph and a mass spectrometer, will monitor the air in the International Space Station for trace amounts of organic molecules.
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