A White House visit, continued assembly, deliveries and a renewed focus on understanding climate change. For 2021, PACE reached some major milestones as it prepares for launch in early 2024. Here are a few highlights from the Goddard-based mission.
Propulsion and Quality teams inspect the completed propulsion subsystem in the PACE clean room. Credit: NASA.
PACE's SPEXone Instrument is Delivered
SPEXone is a polarimeter that will go onto the PACE spacecraft. Credit: NASA/Michael Starobin.
This past March, members of PACE, in coordination with its partners, successfully collected the SPEXone instrument as it landed at Dulles International Airport from the Netherlands. More here.
Spacecraft Assembly Ramps Up
The PACE spacecraft continued with assembly. In 2021, upgrades included structural tests, the Ground Support Equipment solar array deployment, and installation of the propulsion system.
The PACE mechanical team lowers primary structure onto the modal test fixture. Credit: NASA/ Dennis Henry.
OCI Scores Big Upgrades
OCI hardware in the TVAC chamber for thermal testing. Credit: NASA/ DesireeStover.
EXPORTS Sets Sail
Scientists and crew aboard the RRS James Cook deploy a sampling rosette to collect water samples and other information from ocean depths. Credit: Deborah Steinberg.
A seaward journey, supported by both NASA and the National Science Foundation, set sail in the northern Atlantic in early May to study the Ocean Twilight Zone on the EXPORTS mission. More here.
Educational Resources for PACE
PACE can be complicated. In 2021, we created a series of coloring interactives, storymaps and thematic resources
to teach you how the mission will study the ocean.
PACE Endorsed by UN Ocean Decade
Credit: UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission announced the first Actions officially endorsed as part of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021-2030 (the 'Ocean Decade'). PACE is one of over 60 programs that will develop and implement Decade Actions to meet the Ocean Decade Challenges More here.
PACE Hosts 1st Community Focus Session and 2nd Applications Workshop
The workshop featured speakers ranging from NASA to academia. Credit: NASA.
In July, PACE hosted its first Community Focus Session on water quality and water resources. This one-day event promoted active participation and round-table discussion on future uses of PACE satellite data products to support research and applied sciences in the context of water quality and water resources. More here.
In September, PACE hosted a two-day virtual applications workshop inviting user communities and stakeholders to a discussion on practical uses of the mission's future data. The event had nearly 1,000 participants. More here.
PACE Meets the Vice President
Vice President Kamala Harris visits Goddard to learn more about climate science. Credit: NASA/Taylor Mickal.
PACE was featured during a visit with Vice President Kamala Harris as she toured Goddard. More here.
The PACE Team
Members of the PACE team 2021. Credit: NASA.