Happy Anniversary, Aura!

Written by Theresa Schwerin, IGES

On July 15, NASA’s Aura atmospheric chemistry satellite celebrated its 10th anniversary. Since its launch in 2004, Aura has monitored the Earth's atmosphere and provided data on the ozone layer, air quality, and greenhouse gases associated with climate change. Initially scheduled for a five year mission, Aura has gone on to double it’s lifespan, and shows no signs of slowing down!

In celebration of Aura’s anniversary, we’ve created a special list of resources covering air quality, ozone monitoring, engineering, and STEM careers. In addition to the resources, links are included to the Aura mission page and to background information created especially for educators. We even have a link to the Know Your Earth air quality quiz, so you can test your knowledge and learn more about other NASA missions studying Earth’s atmosphere.