Success! NEW NASA Mission ECOSTRESS launched to the International Space Station - UPDATE

Jul 10, 2018

ECOSTRESS, or ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station, was successfully launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on-board a NASA-contracted, SpaceX cargo resupply mission from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on June 29.

ECOSTRESS will monitor temperature changes in plants from space and provide insight into plant health, including if a plant is water-stressed, while there is still time to take recovery actions. This will be done by collecting the temperature of plants over multiple areas of land at different times of the day. The data products will be at 70 m spatial resolution and will be produced every three to five days. Data from this instrument will be archived and distributed by the LP DAAC in the future.

UPDATE! ECOSTRESS was installed on the exterior of the ISS’s Japanese Experiment Module - Exposed Facility late Thursday, July 5.

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