NASA Launches Joint U.S.-European Satellite To Collect Data On Sea Levels Globally

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Officials with NASA say the U.S.-European Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite was launched into orbit on November 21st at 12:17 p.m. to help broaden our understanding of the sea.

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NASA officials say the joint U.S.-European satellite will provide more data on sea levels while enhancing weather forecasts, and providing information on ocean currents to help ships navigate near coastlines.

“The Earth is changing, and this satellite will help deepen our understanding of how,” said Karen St. Germain, director of NASA’s Earth Science Division. “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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