Mission to L1


  • Randy Showstack


NASA has chosen a proposal from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif., to lead the implementation of the Triana Earth Probe mission that will study the Earth from a unique vantage point a million miles away.

The satellite is scheduled to be launched by December 2000 to a position at LI—the Lagrange libration, or neutral gravity point between the Earth and Sun. From LI, Triana will have a continuous, full disk, sunlit view of the Earth, and plans call for the image to be distributed over the Internet.