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The Earth Observer: Sep - Oct, 2022

Volume 34, Issue 5

In This Issue

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  • Meeting Summaries
  • A Celebration of Twenty Years of AIRS History and Observations 4
  • Summary of the Fifth Joint GWIS/GOFC—GOLD Fire-IT Meeting12
  • Summary of NASA’s LANCE User Working Group Meeting21
  • Summary of the Eighth ABoVE Science Team Meeting28
  • In The News
  • Deep Concern About Food Security in Eastern Africa34
  • NASA Data on Plant ‘Sweating’ Could Help Predict Wildfire Severity36
  • How Scientists Used Acoustic Soundscapes and NASA Satellite Data to Assess the Health of the Amazon Rainforest38
  • Regular Features
  • NASA Earth Science in the News40
  • Earth Science Meeting and Workshop Calendar43
  • Annoucements
  • Visit the NASA Science Exhibit at the Hybrid 2022 AGU Fall Meeting42
  • The Earth Observer is Going Green43

The Editor’s Corner

Steve Platnick

EOS Senior Project Scientist


The Joint Polar Satellite System–2 (JPSS-2) launched in the early morning hours of November 10, 2022, on an Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 3 (SLC-3E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB) in California. This was the final launch for the Atlas V from VSFB. JPSS-2 (which will become known as NOAA-21 after the successful launch and on orbit checkout) is officially considered the third satellite of five planned for the JPSS series, which is a NASA–NOAA partnership. JPSS-2 will join JPSS-1 (now known as NOAA-20), launched in 2017, as well as the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP), launched in 2011. Suomi NPP was created to be the bridge mission between EOS and JPSS. JPSS-3 and JPSS-4 are planned for 2027 and 2032 launches, respectively.

The lead article in the September-October 2022 issue of The Earth Observer summarizes the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) Science Team Meeting that took place May 10–12, 2022, at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The meeting dates closely corresponded with the twentieth anniversary of the launch of Aqua on May 4, 2022.