NASA’s Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) observatory spacecraft has completed its journey from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland to the Astrotech Spacecraft Operations facility near the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Engineers and technicians arrived ahead of the spacecraft to prepare ground equipment for offloading and processing before fueling and final encapsulation. The PACE mission is targeted to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in early 2024 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
PACE, which stands for Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, and ocean Ecosystem, is an important mission that will help clarify how the ocean and atmosphere exchange carbon dioxide. It will also improve upon NASA’s 20-plus years of global satellite observations of ocean biology and atmospheric aerosols. Additionally, the mission will continue key measurements related to air quality and climate.
The PACE project is managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The agency’s Launch Services Program based at Kennedy Space Center is responsible for managing launch service for the PACE mission. This mission has been reviewed according to Science X’s editorial process and policies ensuring its credibility through fact-checked sources and proofreading.