Both NASA and other European space exploration partners have earlier this week, launched a brand new satellite that will measure the rising sea levels via the assistance of the Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX.
The satellite is named after Michael Freilich, NASA’s now deceased director of the Earth Science Division who passed away back in August, The Sentinel-6 is designed to track the ocean and sea level movements on Earth and enhance the quality of weather forecasts. The collected data from the satellite will be going on to expand the present 30-years worth of data accumulated via the US and European partnership and will be a major role in keeping tabs on climate change.
The current director of NASA’s Earth Science Division, Karen St. Germain had this to say: “The Earth is changing, and this satellite will help deepen our understanding of how,” Said Karen. “The changing Earth processes are affecting sea level globally, but the impact on local communities varies widely. International collaboration is critical to both understanding these changes and informing coastal communities around the world.”
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