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The Earth Probe TOMS (EP-TOMS) spacecraft was launched on July 2, 1996
from a Pegasus XL rocket and placed into a polar orbit with the following
Apogee Altitude : 515.2 km
Perigee ... Altitude : 490.5 km
Orbit Inclination : 97.432 deg.
Period : 94.6 min
The satellite was built by TRW for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
For technical details see:
TOMS is part of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth a long term,
coordinated research effort to study the Earth as a global
environmental system. Using the unique perspective available from
space, NASA will observe, monitor and assess large-scale environmental
processes, focusing on climate change. MTPE satellite data,
complemented by aircraft and ground data, will allow humans to better
understand natural environmental changes and to distinguish natural
changes from human induced changes. MTPE data, which NASA will
distribute to researchers worldwide, is essential to humans making
informed decisions about their environment.
The EP-TOMS Home Page is located at:
Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA