Mission: Aqua

The Aqua spacecraft above Earth and sea ice.

Credit: NASA image by Reto Stöckli

When did Aqua launch?

May 4, 2002

Where is Aqua?

438 miles (705 km) above Earth’s surface

What does Aqua do?

Aqua’s main goal is to improve our understanding of Earth's water cycle. It collects information on ocean water, water vapor, clouds, precipitation, soil moisture, sea and land ice, and snow cover. It was the first in NASA’s “A-Train”, a group of satellites that orbit one right after the other like train cars on a track.

Learn more about NASA’s Aqua satellite.