New satellite that tracks sea level rise launched today

Last Updated 5 months ago by Devontae Jackson.

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech.

The new Sentinal-6 Michael Freilich launched today at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California a little after 9 AM PST. Named after the former NASA Earth Science Division director Michael Freilich, the satellite is one of two that will be launched. The second one will be launched in 2025. Today’s satellite was launched in partnership with U.S. government, the European government, and SpaceX which helped send it to space.

NASA says, “Together, the pair is tasked with extending our nearly 30-year-long record of global sea surface height measurements. Instruments aboard the satellites will also provide atmospheric data that will improve weather forecasts, climate models, and hurricane tracking.” JPL at Caltech in Pasadena, CA also contributed in the building of the satellite. The European Commission and France’s National Centre for Space Studies provided support as well.

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