NASA-Glory Mission

Glory launches Friday, March 4th after a minor delay.  Why does Glory matter to a weather person?  Well it could help our computer models that we always talk about become more accurate in the future.  Glory will have a special sensor on it called an Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor (APS),  to help measure total solar irradiance of tiny particles in the atmosphere.   Meteorologists call these particles, “aerosols” and this sensor will be able to ingest information about the shape, reflectivity and composition of such particles.  This will give us a better understanding about the earths energy balance.  Very cool to a weather geek like me.  If you would like to read more, click the link.



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