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Missions: Earth System Science Pathfinder Program

Missions in the NASA Earth System Science Pathfinder (ESSP) Program are characterized by innovative design and relatively rapid implementation. These are focused missions that uniquely examine important components and physical processes within the global climate systems, including atmospheric CO2 distribution, sea surface salinity variation, mass water movement, and the vertical structure of clouds and aerosols.

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Mission Mission Category Status
Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols (EVI-3) (MAIA) Future, Implementation
Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) Launch Failure
Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) Current, Extended Mission
Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 (ISS-OCO-3) Current, Prime Mission
Polar Radiant Energy in the Far Infrared Experiment (EVI-4) (PREFIRE) Future, Formulation
Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (EVI-3) (TROPICS) Current
Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (EVI-1) (TEMPO) Current