NASA has powered a new instrument aboard the International Space Station (ISS) that would track the measurements of the Sun’s incoming energy.
Known as Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS-1), the instrument became fully operational with all instruments collecting science data as of this March, NASA said.
“TSIS-1 extends a long data record that helps us understand the Sun’s influence on Earth’s radiation budget, ozone layer, atmospheric circulation, and ecosystems, and the effects that solar variability has on the Earth system and climate change,” said Dong Wu, TSIS-1 project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
TSIS-1 studies the total amount of light energy emitted by the Sun using the Total Irradiance Monitor, one of two sensors onboard. Read More…