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NORAD ID: 25994
Int'l Code: 1999-068A
Perigee: 708.8 km
Apogee: 710.5 km
Inclination: 98.2 °
Period: 98.8 minutes
Semi major axis: 7080 km
RCS: 13.0039 m2 (large)
Launch date: December 18, 1999
Source: United States (US)
Launch site: AIR FORCE WESTERN TEST RANGE (AFWTR)

TERRA (EOS AM-1) is a multi-national NASA scientific research satellite in a Sun-synchronous orbit around the Earth. It is the flagship of the Earth Observing System (EOS). The name "TERRA" comes from the Latin word for Earth. The satellite was placed into a near-polar, sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 705 km, with a 10:30am descending node. TERRA carries a payload of five remote sensors designed to monitor the state of Earth's environment and ongoing changes in its climate system: ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer); CERES (Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System); MISR (Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer); MODIS (Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer); MOPITT (Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere). Data from the satellite helps scientists better understand the spread of pollution around the globe. Studies have used instruments on TERRA to examine trends in global carbon monoxide and aerosol pollution. The data collected by TERRA will ultimately become a new, 15-year global data set.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 25994U 99068A   20227.47087100 -.00000529  00000-0 -10748-3 0  9992
2 25994  98.2094 300.9414 0001206 101.4066 258.7265 14.57110152 98763
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC