CERES FM6 First Light Imagery
Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System Flight Model 6 (CERES FM6) opened its cover on Jan. 5, 2018 allowing it to scan Earth for the first time. The instrument is one of five that launched Nov. 18, 2017 on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System 1 (JPSS-1), and is the seventh and final copy since the first CERES instrument was launched in 1997. Built by Northrop Grumman, funded by NOAA and managed by NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, in coordination with the JPSS program, FM6 is the most accurate broadband radiometer that NASA/NOAA has flown that measures the solar energy reflected by Earth, heat the planet emits, and the role of clouds in that process.
Image/Article Credit: CERES Science Team/Joe Atkinson,NASA LaRC
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