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

Processing, archiving and distributing Earth science data
at the NASA Langley Research Center

CALIPSO Data and Information


CALIPSO Data and Information

Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) was launched on April 28, 2006 to study the roles of clouds and aerosols of climate and weather.  It flies in the international "A-Train" constellation for coincident Earth observations.  The CALIPSO satellite comprises three instruments, the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP Lidar), the Imaging Infrared Radiometer (IIR), and the Wide Field Camera (WFC).  CALIPSO is a partnership between NASA and the French Space Agency, CNES.


CALIPSO Instrument OFF
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Due to a solar event, the CALIPSO satellite payload was commanded to SAFE mode. The payload is expected to be in SAFE mode over the next several