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NASA To Launch Satellite For Monitoring Global Sea Level

The satellite is called Sentinel-6

The US space agency was all set to launch a satellite to monitor global sea level on Saturday.

Called Sentinel-6, the satellite will continue NASA’s three-decades-long work to document rising sea levels.

The satellite will be followed in 2025 by its twin, Sentinel-6B.

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“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,” NASA said in a statement late on Friday.

Named after former NASA Earth Science Division Director Michael Freilich, the US-European satellite was scheduled to be carried into space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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NASA launched its first satellite mission to measure ocean heights in 1992. Pixabay

With satellites, airborne missions, shipboard measurements, and supercomputers, NASA has been investigating sea-level rise for decades.

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Together with our international and interagency partners, we’re monitoring the causes of sea-level rise with high accuracy and precision.

The global sea level is rising approximately 0.13 inches (3.3 millimeters) a year. That’s 30 percent more than when NASA launched its first satellite mission to measure ocean heights in 1992.

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“We’re united by this big goal,” said Nadya Vinogradova Shiffer, the NASA program manager who oversees the team. “Sea level is impacted by these different factors that one discipline doesn’t cover – so we’ve got to bring in experts to approach it from all angles.” (IANS)

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