Solar radiation enters the Earth's atmosphere with a portion being scattered by clouds and aerosols.

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CALIPSO Orbit Change

CALIPSO Orbit Change

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

On September 13, 2018 CALIPSO will begin lowering its orbit from 705 km to 688 km to resume formation flying with CloudSat. The sequence of maneuvers are expected to take about a week and the payload instruments will be turned off (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP), Imaging Infrared Radiometer (IIR), and Wide Field Camera (WFC)) . Normal science operations are anticipated to begin in late September with public data availability around October 10, 2018.