Published: May 18, 2022

B-roll, animations, and soundbites for media and public use. Soon to be operating from the International Space Station, NASA’s Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT) mission will comprehensively measure the composition of Earth’s mineral dust source regions to help scientists understand how windborne dust particles heat or cool our planet as they move through the atmosphere. In addition to potentially influencing warming on regional and global scales, dust can affect cloud formation, air quality, and human health. When deposited in the ocean, dust can also trigger blooms of microscopic algae.

To make these measurements, EMIT will use an imaging spectrometer to measure visible and infrared light reflecting from surfaces below. EMIT is scheduled to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 7, 2022, as part of SpaceX’s 25th commercial resupply services mission for NASA.

This reel includes soundbites from EMIT mission team members, animations of how EMIT will operate on the International Space Station and collect data, as well as testing that was done at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the instrument prior to launch.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech