National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was created by the National Aeronautics and Space Act in 1958. NASA, as agency of the Unite States government, has “the mission to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.” (NASA, 08.03.2010)

In the area of disaster management, NASA provides important data from its satellite missions and works in cooperation with other North American organizations in order to prevent and mitigate the consequences of a natural disaster.

NASA's systems and missions:

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Land Rapid Response System

The Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSM/I)

Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM)

Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission


Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, I-M Series (GOES I-M)

Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) 

Ice, Clouds, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) 


National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS)

Quick Scatterometer (QuickSCAT)