NSSDC Earth Science
|NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
The Nimbus satellites were second-generation meteorological research and development (R&D) spacecraft designed to serve as stablized, earth-oriented platforms for the testing of advanced systems to sense and collect atmospheric science data. Seven Nimbus spacecraft have been launched into near-polar, sun-synchronous orbits beginning with Nimbus 1 on August 28, 1964. The operation history of the Nimbus satellites are listed in Table 1 below.
Satellite Launch Date Decay Date Nimbus 1 1964-08-28 1974-05-16 Nimbus 2 1966-05-15 1969-01-17 Nimbus 3 1969-04-14 1972-01-22 Nimbus 4 1970-04-08 1980-09-30 Nimbus 5 1972-12-11 Nimbus 6 1975-06-12 Nimbus 7 1978-10-24
On board the Nimbus satellites are various instrumentation for imaging, sounding, and other studies in different spectral regions. Table 2 summarizes the Nimbus instruments. For more information about the Nimbus spacecraft, experiments and data sets, please choose from the following:
Earth Science Data in Transition Page