The Earth System Science Pathfinder (ESSP) Program Office is located at Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Hampton, VA. We were established by the NASA Earth Science Division (ESD) at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

ESSP supports a variety of innovative Earth science research projects that study atmospheric composition, weather, carbon cycle and ecosystems, water and energy cycle, climate variability and change, and Earth surface and interior. This means we get to study the atmosphere, oceans, land surface, polar ice regions, and solid Earth!

Our goal is to stimulate new scientific understanding of the global Earth system through the development of remote-sensing missions. After our missions are developed and are operational, they begin investigating and collecting data to address unique, specific, highly focused desires in Earth science research. (+ learn more)

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