NASA’s EMIT Mission Will Collect Airborne Dust to See How It Might Affect Climate

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – FEBRUARY 07: Clouds are seen behind the NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center February 7, 2008 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Bad weather is threatening today?s scheduled 2:34 pm EST launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

NASA’s EMIT mission will help scientists better understand how airborne dust affects climate. Designed to analyze airborne dust to see how it might affect climate, the EMIT mission launches to the International Space Station on Thursday, July 14.

EMIT’s state-of-the-art imaging spectrometer, developed by the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, will collect more than a billion dust-source-composition measurements around the globe over the course of a year.

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