PIA11009: Transport of Dust from China Dust Storm of April 2006
 Target Name:  Earth
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Aqua
 Spacecraft:  Aqua
 Instrument:  AIRS
 Product Size:  727 x 329 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
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 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA11009.jpg (30.38 kB)

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This animation is made from a series of images created with data from the AIRS instrument. The animation spans 10 days beginning on April 7, 2006 and ending on April 16. The magenta color in the images represents where AIRS detects dust in the atmosphere. The images are preliminary as scientists work on verifying the accuracy of the AIRS ability to detect dust, and an effort to cross-compare the AIRS results with what other sensors see is just getting under way. However, the spatial consistency and temporal evolution we see in the AIRS data look plausible, even over land.

About AIRS
The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, AIRS, in conjunction with the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit, AMSU, senses emitted infrared and microwave radiation from Earth to provide a three-dimensional look at Earth's weather and climate. Working in tandem, the two instruments make simultaneous observations all the way down to Earth's surface, even in the presence of heavy clouds. With more than 2,000 channels sensing different regions of the atmosphere, the system creates a global, three-dimensional map of atmospheric temperature and humidity, cloud amounts and heights, greenhouse gas concentrations, and many other atmospheric phenomena. Launched into Earth orbit in 2002, the AIRS and AMSU instruments fly onboard NASA's Aqua spacecraft and are managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., under contract to NASA. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

More information about AIRS can be found at http://airs.jpl.nasa.gov.

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NASA/JPL/Univ of Maryland

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