A U.S.-European satellite designed to extend a decades-long measurement of global sea surface heights was launched into Earth orbit from California on Saturday. (Nov. 21)
Here are the top stories for Saturday, November 21st: Mike Pompeo meets Afghan, Taliban representatives for talks; Lebanon protests continue on Independence Day; Student rally in Bangkok for reforms; US-European ocean monitoring satellite launches. 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. A satellite that will allow British scientists to measure sea levels has been launched into space on a SpaceX rocket.
Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich was successfully sent into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from a launch pad in California. 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.