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NORAD ID: 25994
Int'l Code: 1999-068A
Perigee: 708.8 km
Apogee: 710.5 km
Inclination: 98.2 °
Period: 98.8 minutes
Semi major axis: 7080 km
RCS: 13.0039 m2 (large)
Launch date: December 18, 1999
Source: United States (US)
Launch site: AIR FORCE WESTERN TEST RANGE (AFWTR)

TERRA (EOS AM-1) is a multi-national NASA scientific research satellite in a Sun-synchronous orbit around the Earth. It is the flagship of the Earth Observing System (EOS). The name "TERRA" comes from the Latin word for Earth. The satellite was placed into a near-polar, sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 705 km, with a 10:30am descending node. TERRA carries a payload of five remote sensors designed to monitor the state of Earth's environment and ongoing changes in its climate system: ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer); CERES (Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System); MISR (Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer); MODIS (Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer); MOPITT (Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere). Data from the satellite helps scientists better understand the spread of pollution around the globe. Studies have used instruments on TERRA to examine trends in global carbon monoxide and aerosol pollution. The data collected by TERRA will ultimately become a new, 15-year global data set.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 25994U 99068A   20356.16299010  .00000068  00000-0  25123-4 0  9996
2 25994  98.1966  67.6811 0001196  98.0646 291.9393 14.57114381117504
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC

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