Earth Observing System (EOS), Aqua
"Aqua", Latin for "water," is a NASA Earth Science satellite mission
named for the large amount of information that the mission will be
collecting about the Earth's water cycle, including evaporation from
the oceans, water vapor in the atmosphere, clouds, precipitation, soil
moisture, sea ice, land ice, and snow cover on the land and
ice. Additional variables also being measured by Aqua include
radiative energy fluxes, aerosols, vegetation cover on the land,
phytoplankton and dissolved organic matter in the oceans, and air,
land, and water temperatures.
Aqua is one of a series of spacebased platforms that are central to
NASA's Earth Science Enterprise (ESE), a long term study of the scope,
dynamics and implications of global change. The Aqua program is
composed of Aqua and other spacecraft (including Terra and Aura) and a
data distribution system (ESDIS, and Mission Operations Center
Implementation Team). Multidisciplinary teams of scientists and
researchers from North and South America, Asia, Australia and Europe
will put the data to work.
The Aqua mission is a part of the NASA-centered international Earth
Observing System (EOS). Aqua was formerly named EOS PM, signifying its
afternoon equatorial crossing time. Aqua was launched May 4, 2002.
For more information on the Aqua mission, see:
For more information on the Earth Observing System (EOS), see: