Aura, the last of the large Earth Observing System observatories, was launched on July 15, 2004. Aura is designed to make comprehensive stratospheric and tropospheric composition measurements from its four instruments, the High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder (HIRDLS), the Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS), the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI), and the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES). With the exception of HIRDLS, all of the instruments are performing as expected, and HIRDLS will likely be able to deliver most of their planned data products. We summarize the mission, instruments, and synergies in this paper.
MR Schoeberl, AR Douglass, E Hilsenrath, PK Bhartia, R Beer, JW Waters, MR Gunson, L Froidevaux, JC Gille, JJ Barnett, PF Levelt, P DeCola. Overview of the EOS aura mission
published, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 2006, 44