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Mission Overview

    APS in Thermovac. A view of Glory's Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor (APS) from inside the thermal vacuum chamber. Technicians wear garments -- known as "bunny suits" -- to protect the instrument from dust and other contaminants. Credit: NASA
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    The Glory mission, designed to improve NASA's understanding of Earth's climate system, is scheduled for launch no earlier than February 2011 aboard a Taurus XL launch vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Ca.

    Glory will improve the understanding of aerosol contributions to global climate change and help maintain a record of total solar irradiance. Data provided by the Glory mission will enhance global climate modeling and help reduce uncertainties associated with the causes and consequences of global climate change.

    Glory's Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor (APS) will collect information about atmospheric aerosols, such as the shape, composition, and reflectivity of different types of aerosol particles. The Total Irradiance Monitor (TIM) will monitor variations in solar activity by measuring the amount of radiation that strikes the top of Earth's atmosphere.

    Glory will join a fleet of Earth observing satellites known as the Afternoon Constellation, or "A-Train", which together offer a more cohesive and detailed picture of the Earth's biosphere and climate. The Glory mission is collaborative effort involving NASA, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Raytheon's Santa Barbara Remote Sensing (SBRS) Space and Airborne Systems, and University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP).

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