Robert (Bob) Estes, MSPM student and NASA’s Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) Deputy Project Manager, Flight Projects Directorate announced that the CERES is working!
Bob shared images of the first light observed by the CERES FM6 instrument on orbit. The CERES instrument was one of the five that launched November 18, 2017 aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1). After reaching the polar orbit, the satellite became NOAA-20.
Following successful JPSS-1 launch, CERES was deployed on orbit and began scanning Earth on January 10, 2018. Scientists used those scans to produce “light” images (see photos below).
In an email from Bob, he says “In all my years at NASA, I don’t think I have ever had such an emotional reaction as when I viewed these images. It is so humbling to see the instrument in operations and I am so grateful to all of the CERES team whose contributions have made this event possible.”
CERES is one of the many examples where project management is applied. It is a testament to the applicability of this discipline in scientific discoveries.