Aura is a earth observing satellite and it is part of NASA Earth Observing System (EOS). Aura’s four instruments study the atmosphere’s chemistry and dynamics. Aura’s measurements will enable us to investigate questions about ozone trends, air quality changes and their linkage to climate change.
Aura’s measurements will provide accurate data for predictive models and provide useful information for local and national agency decision support systems.
The Aura spacecraft was successfully launched on July 15, 2004 aboard a Delta II 7920-10L, a two stage expendable rocket, from the Vandenberg Western Test Range.
I have created the Aura launch and deploy animation for the Aura science team. The animations were used for public outreach purposes prior to launch.