Earth & Climate

$130 million space mission to monitor Earth’s energy budget

CU Boulder will soon play a significant role in estimating the withdrawals from Earth’s energy bank account.

This week, NASA declared that it has given the green light to Libera, a new space mission that will record how a lot of energy leaves the planet’s atmosphere on a step by step premise—information that can give critical data about how Earth’s climate is advancing after some time.

Peter Pilewskie, a professor at CU Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), will lead the development of this about $130-million mission.

“This highly innovative instrument introduces a number of new technologies such as advanced detectors that will improve the data we collect while maintaining continuity of these important radiation budget measurements,” said Sandra Cauffman, acting director of NASA’s Earth Science Division, in a statement.

LASP Director Daniel Baker included that the mission builds on the center’s seven many years of work to all the more likely comprehend the relationships between Earth and its sun—and the suggestions for people on the ground.

“Libera is a major new step in that long journey,” Baker said. “The Libera team will bring the energy, innovation, and cost-effectiveness of an academic-led team to address a fundamental question in space and Earth science. LASP is proud to be leading the way in this fascinating endeavor.”

Libera is a partnership between CU Boulder, Ball Aerospace, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), all situated in Colorado, and Utah State University.

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