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launch Ocean-Observing Sentinel-6 – the Michael Freilich satellite 

The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite launched into space.  This is to collect the most accurate data yet on global sea levels. Also monitor how our oceans are rising in response to climate change. This #SeeingTheSeas mission launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.  It was  aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The launch will mark a historic U.S.-European partnership. 

Once safely in orbit, the satellite will continue the long-term record of reference sea-surface height measurements.  Also extend the records of sea level into its fourth decade. The satellite will map 95% of Earth’s ice-free ocean every 10 days.  Also provide crucial information for operational oceanography and climate studies.

Sea-level rise is a key indicator of climate change. Accurate monitoring of the changing height of the sea surface over decades is essential for climate science.  Also for policy-making and protecting those in low-lying regions at risk.

The mission is a collaboration.  It is between ESA, the European Commission, EUMETSAT, NASA and NOAA, with support from the French space agency CNES.

British government also backing this satellite that will allow UK scientists to measure sea level rise.

The Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is the first of two identical satellites.

Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich is named in honour of the former director of NASA’s Earth Science Division. Freilich was instrumental in advancing space-based ocean measurements.

About the mission: https://www.nasa.gov/sentinel-6

Are you a space fan?  Did you watch the launch?  Are sea levels a serious concern?  Is this a worthwhile mission?  Do we need to know more about oceans?  Of course we do.  Are you concerned about sea levels where you are?  Will this mission bring about change to the issue? Your visit is welcome.  While here take a look around.


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