Earth Observing System (EOS), TERRA

Project Description
"Terra," Latin for "land," is the name of NASA's Earth Observing
System (EOS) flagship satellite (formally known as AM-1). The Terra
mission was launched on December 18, 1999, and began collecting
science data on February 24, 2000. The five sensors aboard Terra are
designed to enable scientists to comprehensively examine our world's
climate system to observe and measure the changes on the Earth's
landscapes, in its oceans, and within the lower atmosphere. One of the
main objectives is to determine how life on Earth affects, and is
affected by, changes within the climate system, with an emphasis on
better understanding the global carbon cycle. The Terra mission is
part of NASA's Earth Science Enterprise (ESE).

For more information on Terra, see:
http://terra.nasa.gov/

For more information on the Earth Observing System (EOS), see:
http://eospso.gsfc.nasa.gov/