NASA to discuss new polar climate mission during media teleconference

NASA is hosting a media call on Wednesday, May 15 at 3 p.m. EDT (12 p.m. PDT) to discuss the agency's PREFIRE (Polar Radiant Energy in Far-Infrared Experiment) mission, which aims to reduce heat loss. To improve life on earth by studying. from the Earth's polar regions and provide information about our changing climate.

The first of the two shoebox-sized satellites is targeted for launch no later than Wednesday, May 22, on a Rocket Lab Electron rocket. The launch date of the second satellite will be announced soon after the launch of the first satellite.

The Earth absorbs a lot of energy from the Sun in the tropics. Weather and ocean currents carry that heat energy toward the poles, where the heat radiates upward into space. Most of that heat is in far-infrared wavelengths and has never been measured systematically. PREFIRE's data will address this knowledge gap for the benefit of all by improving predictions of climate change and sea level rise.

The audio-only teleconference will be live streamed on the agency's website.

Participants include:

  • Karen St. Germain, Director, Earth Sciences Division, NASA Headquarters in Washington
  • Mary White, Project Manager, PREFIRE, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Southern California
  • Tristan L'Equier, Principal Investigator, PREFIRE, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Peter Beck, CEO and Founder, Rocket Lab

For more information about NASA's PREFIRE mission, visit:

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