NASA Transfers Operational Control of Environmental Satellite to NOAA

This image shows season-long composites of ocean chlorophyll concentrations derived from visible radiometric measurements made by the VIIRS instrument on Suomi NPP. The date ranges are included. This false-colored image makes the data stand out. The purple and blue colors represent lower chlorophyll concentrations. The oranges and reds represent higher chlorophyll concentrations. These differences in color indicate areas with lesser or greater phytoplankton biomass.

WASHINGTON/ March 04, 2013 — The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite, a partnership between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), was transitioned to NOAA operational organization control Feb. 22. The transition marks the next step of the mission that supports NASA’s Earth science research and NOAA’s weather forecasting missions. Suomi NPP continues the observations of Earth from space that were pioneered by NASA’s Earth Observing System. The satellite’s five instruments are providing scientists with data to extend more than 30 key long-term datasets. These records, which…

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