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Sat Nov 21, 2020, 01:42 PM

US-European ocean monitoring satellite launches into orbit

https://apnews.com/article/climate-change-oceans-spacex-pacific-ocean-europe-c435bb53c2c721881f997b28f414cdf8

US-European ocean monitoring satellite launches into orbit

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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A U.S.-European satellite designed to extend a decades-long measurement of global sea surface heights was launched into Earth orbit from California on Saturday.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellite blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:17 a.m. and arced southward over the Pacific Ocean. The Falcon’s first stage flew back to the launch site and landed for reuse.

The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite was expected to deploy its solar panels and later make first contact with controllers.

Named for a former NASA official who had a key role in developing space-based oceanography, the satellite’s main instrument is an extremely accurate radar altimeter that will bounce energy off the sea surface as it sweeps over Earth’s oceans. An identical twin, Sentinel-6B, will be launched in 2025 to ensure continuity of the record.

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Associated Press journalist Frank Jordans contributed to this report from Berlin.

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Sat Nov 21, 2020, 02:04 PM

1. This satellite will be vital if we ever get around to

mitigating climate change. It sounds like it has a primary job of accurately measuring the water levels rising on the coastlines. And that it has better means of measuring.

We’re going to need every advantage if we want to keep the planet livable.

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Sat Nov 21, 2020, 02:32 PM

2. K&R for visibility.

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