Avery Point professor leading a team of scientists working on a NASA mission

15 Mar 2022

Community Interest

A marine sciences and geography professor at the University of Connecticut at Avery Point is leading a team of about 100 researchers across the country — and in other countries — working on a satellite mission that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration says "will take Earth's pulse in new ways for decades to come."

Heidi Dierssen leads the Science and Applications Team for NASA's PACE mission (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem). A NASA spokesperson said Monday that launch is scheduled for January 2024, with a budget of $964 million.

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