PIA22507: Recently Launched Twin Satellites Create 'The Himalaya Plot'
 Target Name:  Earth
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  GRACE-FO
 Spacecraft:  GRACE-FO
 Instrument:  Microwave Ranging Instrument 
 Product Size:  1032 x 409 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA22507.tif (1.074 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA22507.jpg (92.2 kB)

Click on the image above to download a moderately sized image in JPEG format (possibly reduced in size from original)

Original Caption Released with Image:

Click here for larger version of PIA22507
Annotated Image
Click on the image for larger version

GRACE-FO has completed its first mission phase and demonstrated the performance of the precise ranging system that enables its measurements of how mass migrates around Earth.

Along the satellites' ground track (top), the inter-spacecraft distance between them changes as the mass distribution underneath (i.e., from mountains, etc.) varies. The small changes measured by the Microwave Ranging Instrument (middle) agree well with topographic features along the orbit (bottom).

GRACE-FO continues a successful partnership between NASA and Germany's GFZ, with participation by the German Aerospace Center (DLR). JPL manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

For more information on GRACE-FO, go to https://gracefo.jpl.nasa.gov/.

Image Credit:

Image Addition Date: