|The goal of the EOS
Program is to provide continuous observations of global climate change
for at least 15 years. This goal is shared by other international
agencies as well, many of whom have their own programs to study
global climate change.
The first EOS instruments will be flown aboard Landsat-7 and EOS AM-1.
Landsat-7 will carry ETM+ (Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus), an instrument that will provide high spatical resolution, multispectral images of the Earth's land surface. The Landsat-7 platform's orbit will be sun-synchronous (98.2 degrees inclination) at an altitude of 705 km with an equatorial crossing time of approximately 1000 LST (descending node) and a repeat cycle of 16 days.
|EOS AM-1 is the first of three
spacecraft of the EOS AM series. Each is a morning sun-synchronous
spacecraft flown at an altitude of 705 km in a 98.2 degree inclined orbit
with a 16-day, 233-orbit repeat cycle. EOS AM-1 is scheduled for launch
in July 1998.
Future EOS missions include the EOS PM series, EOS CHEM series, EOS Radar ALT series, and EOS Laser ALT series. More detailed information about EOS missions, related international missions, and instruments can be found in the 1995 MTPE/EOS Reference Handbook.
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