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NASA Assessing New Launch Dates For The Glory Mission
02.24.11 - Preparations for the launch of NASA's Glory mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California have been suspended temporarily.

NASA Schedules Next Glory Mission Launch Attempt
02.23.11 - Engineers from NASA and Orbital Sciences Corp. continue to troubleshoot a technical issue that arose during Wednesday's initial launch attempt.

NASA Postpones Launch Of Glory Mission
02.23.11 - The launch of NASA's Glory spacecraft from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has been postponed at least 24 hours.

Next Step In NASA Climate Studies Set To Launch
02.22.11 - Glory, NASA's next Earth-observing satellite mission is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Glory Promises New View of Perplexing Particles
02.16.11 - Climatologists have known for decades that airborne particles called aerosols can have a powerful impact on the climate.

With A-List Help, Glory Aims to Unravel Uncertainties About Aerosols
02.10.11 - Engineers and technicians at Vandenberg Air Force base, Calif., are preparing the Earth-observing satellite Glory for launch on Feb. 23.

Taurus XL Ready to Launch Glory Spacecraft
02.08.11 - The Glory spacecraft and its Taurus XL launch vehicle are coming together at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as NASA gets ready to launch its first Launch Services Program mission of 2011.

Glory to Study Key Pieces of the Climate Puzzle
01.20.11 - The Glory satellite, which contains two instruments that will monitor key parts of the climate system, aims to offer a new stream of data that climatologists will use as part of an ongoing effort to improve the accuracy of climate models.

Glory Satellite Arrives At Vandenberg Air Force Base for Launch
01.11.10 - The latest Earth-observing satellite developed by NASA, called Glory, arrived Tuesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for a Feb. 23 launch.

Media Briefing About Next Earth Science Mission
01.13.10 - NASA will hold a media briefing on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. EST, about the agency's next Earth-observing satellite mission, Glory, scheduled to launch on Feb. 23.

Glory Team Overcomes Engineering Obstacles
11.22.10 - Engineers have faced and overcome a number of unique challenges in recent years while preparing NASA's newest climate-monitoring mission for launch.

Aerosols: Tiny Particles, Big Impact
11.02.10 - Take a deep breath. Even if the air looks clear, it's nearly certain that you'll inhale tens of millions of solid particles and liquid droplets.

Introducing the A-Train
10.26.10 - A convoy of "A-Train" satellites has emerged as one of the most powerful tools scientists have for understanding our planet's changing climate.

New Map Offers a Global View of Health-Sapping Air Pollution
09.22.10 - Scientists have produced a new map of Fine Particulate Matter particles 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter, using MISR/MODIS data.

Who CARES About Carbonaceous Aerosols?
07.01.10 - Carbonaceous aerosols are thought to have a significant impact on Earth's climate. The darkest type -- black carbon -- readily absorbs incoming sunlight and can warm the atmosphere.

Why NASA Keeps a Close Eye on the Sun's Irradiance
05.25.10 - For more than two centuries, scientists have wondered how much heat and light the sun expels, and whether this energy varies enough to change Earth's climate. In the absence of a good method for measuring the sun's output, the scientific conversation was often heavy with speculation.

The Glory Mission's Judith Lean Discusses Solar Variability
05.25.10 - Judith Lean, a member of the Glory science team and solar physicist at the United States Naval Research Laboratory, speaks about solar cycles and what scientists have learned about solar variability in the last three decades.

Aerosols: From Ash in the Wind to Smoke from the Stack
04.16.10 - When we hear the word "aerosol," most of us think of spray cans and perhaps the ozone hole. But spray cans are just a very small part of the story. Any airborne solid particle or liquid droplet -- whether it comes from a pressurized canister, the smokestack of a factory, or a dust storm -- is technically an aerosol.

Road Transportation Emerges as Key Driver of Warming in New Analysis from NASA
02.18.10 - Motor vehicles give off only minimal amounts of sulfates and nitrates, both pollutants that cool climate, though they produce significant amounts of pollutants that warm climate such as carbon dioxide, black carbon, and ozone.

NASA Cues Up University CubeSats for Glory Launch This Fall
01.26.10 - NASA will launch small research satellites agency's ELaNA, mission. The satellites are manifested as an auxiliary payload on the Taurus XL launch vehicle for NASA's Glory mission.

Black Carbon Deposits Ice Threaten Earth's "Third Pole"
12.14.09 - Black soot deposited on Tibetan glaciers has contributed significantly to the retreat of the world's largest non-polar ice masses, according to new research by scientists.

Interactions with Aerosols Boost Warming Potential
10.29.09 - For decades, climate scientists have worked to identify and measure key substances -- notably greenhouse gases and aerosol particles -- that affect Earth's climate.

World's Largest Aerosol Sensing Network Has Leafy Origins
06.25.09 - Glory will rely on AERONET to validate the Aerosol Polarimetery Sensor, an innovative instrument that will distinguish between different types of aerosols from space.

Education Satellites Hitch Ride on Glory Mission
05.28.10 Good things sometimes come in small packages. For Launch Services Program, or LSP, mission manager Garrett Skrobot, one of those packages is a Poly Picosatellite Orbital Deployer, or P-POD, container that can carry mini-research satellites, or CubeSats, on NASA missions.

Aerosols May Drive Significant Portion of Arctic Warming
04.08.09 - Though greenhouse gases are invariably at the center of discussions about global climate change, new NASA research suggests that much of the atmospheric warming observed in the Arctic since 1976 may be due to changes in tiny airborne particles called aerosols.

Monitoring Sunlight Fluctuations
03.23.09 - Glory's TIM instrument will use a black-coated metallic detector to measure how much heat is produced by solar radiation as it reaches the top of the Earth's atmosphere.

Glory Satellite One Step Closer to Orbit
03.12.09 - Glory's Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor (APS) instrument has successfully completed environmental testing and was officially turned over to NASA .

New Aerosol Observing Technique Turns Gray Skies to Blue
03.12.09 - A new detection technique and APS instrument should help ease the struggle in the study of aerosols.

Send Your Name Around The Earth
09.25.09 - Members of the public can send their names around Earth on NASA's Glory satellite.

Glory Aboard the A-Train
The "A-Train" satellite formation will consist of seven satellites flying in close proximity

New satellite to shed light on Earth's warming
June 2008 - Glory will measure the energy from the sun and the effects of particles and clouds.

NASA Moves Ahead With Glory Mission
July 2005 - NASA intends to finish and fly the Glory climate-monitoring satellite, reversing the decision to cancel the mission.