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MAIA mission

Published: 16th Mar, 2023


NASA and the Italian Space Agency are partnering on the MAIA mission which will use data from an Earth observation satellite to help scientists find correlations between air pollution and health problems in major cities across the world including New Delhi.


  • MAIA stands for the Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols missions
  • Aim: The joint mission between the two national space agencies will investigate the health impacts of air pollution in the world’s most populated cities.
  • Significance: 
    • MAIA is the first mission by the agency whose primary goal is to benefit societal health. Epidemiologists and public health researchers will be directly working on the development of a satellite mission.

Key features:

  • The MAIA observatory, which is set to launch before the end of 2024 will consist of the PLATiNO-2 satellite, which will be provided by ASI, and a science instrument that will be built at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). 
  • The MAIA mission will collect and analyse data from the observatory, sensors on the ground and atmospheric models.

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