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TES Instrument Decommissioning

TES Instrument Decommissioning

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

On Jan. 31, NASA ended the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer's almost-14-year career of discovery.   At 11:00am PST during a scheduled real time satellite contact the TES IOT along with the Aura FOT commanded the TES instrument to its decommissioned state.  The transition occurred as planned, there were no complications.   A full NASA press release for the TES instrument can be found here:   "Farewell to a Pioneering Sensor".


The scientific discovery mission of Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer has concluded.  However, a final full TES dataset (v008) will be generated from an algorithm update to the base Ground Data System software and will be made available to the scientific community in the next two years.