On Saturday at 9:17 a.m., A joint U.S.-European satellite designed to track global sea levels was launched on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at the Vandenberg Air Force Base located in California from the Space Launch Complex 4E. PST-PST (12:17 p.m. EST). Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich is going to broaden an approximately 30-year continuous sea-level dataset obtained by an ongoing partnership of U.S. and European satellites regarding size of the small pickup truck while weather outlook alerts to provide reliable information on huge ocean waves to support ship traffic across coastlines.

Karen St. Germain, who serves as the director in charge of the Earth Science Division at NASA, said The World is evolving, and satellite will allow us to deepen our knowledge of how” “The evolving processes of the Earth influence the water level worldwide, but the effect on local populations varies greatly. International cooperation is important both for interpreting these developments and for educating coastal communities around the world.” The spacecraft detached from rocket’s second stage after landing in orbit as well as extended its twin solar arrays sets. Land controllers were able to acquire the satellite signal successfully, and early telemetry results indicated good health for the spacecraft. Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich is now going to undergo a series of extensive tests and calibrations before the science data collection begins in a few months.

The spacecraft is named after Michael Freilich, former head of the Earth Science Division of NASA, who has been a key figure in promoting space-based ocean observations. On Aug. 5, 2020, Freilich passed away. At the propelling of the satellite that now bears his name, his immediate relatives and friends attended. In Earth sciences, Michael was an untiring power. There are no national boundaries for shift in atmosphere and rise in sea level. He advocated international cooperation to face the challenge. These were remarks of Josef Aschbacher, the European Space Agency Director who is in charge of Earth Observation Programmes. Sea-level rise and climate change does not have national borders, and he campaigned for international collaboration to deal with the challenge,” It is apt that for the next five years, a satellite in his honor is going to be consistent with the ‘gold standard’ in calculations of sea level.

Thomas Zurbuchen added that Mike aided to ensure that NASA Agency was a faithful collaborator with space agencies and scientists worldwide, as well as his love of the oceanography and the earth science helped us boost our beautiful planet’s understanding. This satellite has been named after him by the European partners to be able to carry out some crucial work that Mike believed in, being a plus to the legacy of the key data about the oceans and paying it for the benefit of the generations to come.


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