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NASA’s PREFIRE mission is ready to unlock the mysteries of Earth’s poles

AstronomyNASA's PREFIRE mission is ready to unlock the mysteries of Earth's poles


NASA is preparing to launch its latest climate science mission, the Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-Infrared Experiment (PREFIRE), which aims to capture brand new data on how heat is lost to space from Earth’s polar regions.

PREFIRE consists of a pair of cubesats that will launch separately into near-polar orbits. The first, “Ready, Aim, PREFIRE,” is set to launch no earlier than (NET) May 22, on a Rocket Lab Electron rocket from Pad B at the company’s Launch Complex 1, in Māhia, New Zealand. The second cubesat, “PREFIRE and ICE,” will launch a few days later.

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