The European Space Agency plans to issue a ‘Call for Ideas’ on ways that remote-sensing instruments might study global change using the International Space Station (ISS) as a platform. The agency currently uses the ISS for a variety of studies, but is now considering ways that climate change initiatives might be accommodated aboard the Station.
Instruments can be attached either outside the Station or positioned inside to view through windows. The orbit inclination of 51.6° and altitude of 350–400 km is different to those of most Earth observation satellites, offering different viewing geometry and ground passes.
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