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NASA 18 Nov 2020

Prelaunch News Update on Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Satellite

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Together, U.S and European partners are preparing to launch the ocean-observing Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, the first of two identical satellites to head into Earth orbit to continue #SeeingTheSeas: collecting sea level observations for at least the next decade. Join us at 5 p.m. EST (2 p.m. PST, 10 p.m. UTC) for a live prelaunch news conference to learn about the spacecraft, the partnerships, and the teams working together to assure a successful launch. Hear from experts at NASA, ESA, NASA's Launch Services program, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the U.S. Space Force's 30th Space Wing. Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich is targeted for liftoff Sat., Nov. 21 at 12:17 p.m. EST (9:17 a.m. PST, 5:17 p.m. UTC) on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.


Tune in as experts from NASA, ESA (European Space Agency), EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) discuss the upcoming launch of Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, a satellite that will collect the most accurate data yet on global sea levels.  The satellite is targeted for launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Nov. 10 at 2:31 p.m. EST, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
 
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich is a historic U.S.-European partnership that will continue the legacy of previous missions and extend our records of sea level into the fourth decade, collecting accurate measurements of sea surface height down to the centimeter for 90% of the world's oceans.
The world's latest Earth-observing satellite, Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, is set for launch on Nov. 21 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Tune in live on Fri., Nov, 20 at 3:30 p.m EST (8:30 p.m. UTC) to learn about the science of this U.S-European mission, which will closely monitor sea level and provide atmospheric data to support weather forecasting and climate models. Hear from experts including project scientists and oceanographers at NASA, the European Space Agency, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the University of Washington.
On Nov. 21, 2020, the U.S.-European oceanographic satellite Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich launched to orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. During a five-and-a-half-year prime mission, it will collect the most accurate data yet on global sea level and how our ocean is rising in response to climate change. The mission will also collect precise data of atmospheric temperature and humidity that will help improve weather forecasts and climate models.
Join NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and officials from NASA, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and SpaceX for a live news conference starting at 9:30 p.m. EST with an update on NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission. After launching at 7:27 p.m. EST from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the SpaceX Crew Dragon 'Resilience' spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, along with Soichi Noguchi of JAXA is in orbit and on the way to the International Space Station.

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