Terra (satellite)

The satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on December 18, 1999, aboard an Atlas IIAS vehicle and began collecting data on February 24, 2000. Terra carries a payload of five remote sensors designed to monitor the state of Earth s environment and ongoing changes in its climate system: The data collected by Terra will ultimately become a new, 15-year global data set. . It is the flagship of the Earth Observing System (EOS). The name Terra comes from the Latin word for earth.

Terra (EOS AM-1) is a multi-national NASA scientific research satellite in a sun-synchronous orbit around the Earth.