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Satellite details
Acronym Aura
Full name Earth Observation System - Aura
Satellite Description
  • 3rd (last) flight unit of the EOS programme.
  • Main mission: atmospheric chemistry.
Mass at launch 2967 kg Dry mass
Power 4600 W
Data access link
Data access information
  • For HIRDLS, MLS and OMI, the data are held at the Goddard Earth Science DISC.
  • For TES, the data are held at the NASA Langley Atmospheric Sciences Data Center.
  • The Aura instrument validation data are held at the Aura Validation Data Center at Goddard Space Flight Center.
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 705 km
ECT 13:45 asc


Space agency NASA
Status Operational
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 15 Jul 2004 EOL ≥2019
Last update: 2018-12-28
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on Aura

Acronym Full name
HIRDLS High-Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder
MLS Microwave Limb Sounder
OMI Ozone Monitoring Instrument
TES-limb Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer
TES-nadir Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer
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Telecommunication frequency or microwave sensing channel information Show expert details
Service Dir or Mode Frequency Emission designator Bandwidth Polarisation D/A Data rate or Baseband Comments
SOUNDER passive 118000 MHz N/R  kHz TBD A   MLS channel 1
SOUNDER passive 190000 MHz N/R  kHz TBD A   MLS channel 2
SOUNDER passive 240000 MHz N/R  kHz TBD A   MLS channel 3
SOUNDER passive 640000 MHz N/R  kHz TBD A   MLS channel 4
SOUNDER passive 2500000 MHz N/R  kHz TBD A   MLS channel 5