Artwork of Nimbus-7 in orbit over Antarctica

Artwork of Nimbus-7 in orbit over Antarctica

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Credit: JULIAN BAUM/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Artist's impression of the Nimbus-7 Earth observation satellite in orbit over Antarctica, with the Sun in background. The most notable of Nimbus-7's eight onboard instruments is the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS), used to monitor total global ozone distribution. TOMS data confirmed the existence of the ozone hole over Antartica & continues (as of 1991) to monitor its growth. Nimbus-7 was launched into a near-polar 955km orbit on 24 October 1978, and remains operational far beyond its original design lifetime.

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Keywords: artist imp, earth observation satellite, mapping of, nimbus-7, nimbus-7 satellite, ozone hole, toms

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