CloudSat Satellite Mission

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Since 2006, CloudSat has flown the first satellite-based millimeter-wavelength cloud radar—a radar with more than 1000 times the sensitivity of existing weather radars. Unlike ground-based weather radars that use centimeter wavelengths to detect raindrop-sized particles, CloudSat's radar allows us to detect the much smaller particles of liquid water and ice that constitute the large cloud masses that make our weather.

To learn more about the NASA CloudSat Mission, click here.

Want to learn more? Explore the links on the left for more detailed information about CloudSat and GLOBE.