BackForward Satellite: Nimbus-7 

Satellite details
Acronym Nimbus-7
Full name Nimbus-7
WIGOS Station Identifier ---
Satellite Description
  • 7th (last) flight unit of the Nimbus programme.
  • Main mission: cloud imagery, IR and MW profiling.  Introduction of multi-channels MW imagery and ocean colour monitoring.
  • Substantial contribution to Earth radiation study and Atmospheric chemistry.
Mass at launch 965 kg Dry mass 832 kg
Data access link no link provided
Data access information
  • Global data available from NASA/GSFC.
Orbit Sunsynchronous orbit Altitude 947 km
ECT 12:00 desc


Space agency NASA
Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch 24 Oct 1978 EOL 01 Aug 1994
Last update: 2015-07-28
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on Nimbus-7

Acronym Full name
CZCS Coastal Zone Colour Scanner
ERB Earth Radiation Budget
LIMS Limb Infrared Monitor of the Stratosphere
SAM-II Stratospheric Aerosol Measurement - II
SAMS Stratospheric and Mesospheric Sounder
SBUV Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Spectrometer
SMMR Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer)
THIR Temperature-Humidity Infrared Radiometer
TOMS Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer
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