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New NASA Satellite to Provide Important Climate Data

24 Feb 2011  |   Damien Shirley

Early this morning NASA launched its Glory satellite, which is expected to provide crucial data that will help atmospheric scientists improve their understanding of how our climate operates.

Glory will measure the amount and distribution of aerosols in the atmosphere???currently, aerosols represent "the greatest uncertainty in our ability to predict climate" according to Hal Maring, the Glory program scientist at NASA headquarters.

The improved climate models derived from Glory program data will both increase scientific understanding of how climate operates and help produce more specific projections of the effects of climate change.

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