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Multi-Angle Imager For Aerosols Mission

Multi-Angle Imager For Aerosols Mission:

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced on Wednesday that it is partnering with the Italian Space Agency ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana) to build and launch the MAIA mission.

  • It is a joint mission between NASA and the Italian Space Agency ASI.
  • This will investigate the health impacts of air pollution in the world’s most populated cities.
  • Its primary goal is to benefit societal health. Epidemiologists and public health researchers will be directly working on the development of a satellite mission.
  • It will consist of the PLATiNO-2 satellite, which will be provided by ASI, and a science instrument that will be built at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
  • The MAIA mission will collect and analyse data from the observatory, sensors on the ground and atmospheric models.
  • The JPL hosts a pointable spectropolarimetric camera which captures images from multiple angles in the ultraviolet, visible, near-infrared and shortwave infrared portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • During the course of the three-year mission, MAIA will focus on 11 primary target areas that include major urban centres across the world: Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Rome, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Barcelona, Spain, Beijing, Johannesburg, New Delhi, Taipei, Taiwan; and Tel Aviv.
  • The MAIA observatory is set to launch before the end of 2024.