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PACE Mission Blog: Observatory, assembled!

12.02.2022
The PACE satellite now has all three of its scientific instruments attached to the spacecraft, as the integration crew bolted the Ocean Color Instrument into place with its two polarimeter neighbors.

PACE Mission Blog: NASA’s PACE Mission Undergoes Milestone Testing

11.30.2022
NASA’s Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission, which will provide a major boost to scientists studying Earth’s atmosphere and ocean health, completed a milestone test in October at Goddard Space Flight Center. The Ocean Color Instrument (OCI) on the PACE mission passed thermal vacuum tests to ensure it can withstand the harsh space environments.

Celebrate World Oceans Day with Sounds of the Sea

06.08.2022
Ryan Vandermeulen (616) and his brother have merged ocean color data with music to create a sonic tour of the ocean.
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Overview

The Ocean Ecology Laboratory conducts research on ocean ecosystems and the interactions between Earth's chemical cycles and life. The Laboratory also manages "ocean color" data from NASA satellite sensors. Sediment, dissolved chemicals, and marine microorganisms called phytoplankton affect the colors of sunlight reflected off the ocean, providing a way to monitor ocean ecosystems from orbit.

The Laboratory works to ensure the accuracy of ocean-color data and make it available to users across the world. Scientists use the data to study fundamental issues such as the global distribution of phytoplankton, the storage of carbon in the ocean, and the role of the oceans in climate change. Laboratory personnel also participate in research cruises in collaboration with other researchers funded by NASA and assist NASA Headquarters in developing future earth-observing missions.

For further information, data, research, and other resources, see Ocean Ecology Projects.

Contact Us

Carlos Del Castillo
301.286.8787
carlos.e.delcastillo@nasa.gov

General inquiries about the scientific programs at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center may be directed to the Center Office of Communications at 1.301.286.8955.

                                                                                                                                                                                        
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