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Oceanography Satellite Mission Ends After 11 Years

Oct 7, 2019, 09:40 AM by Lawrence Garrett
7 October 2019
Spaceflight Now  reported that “a joint U.S.-European satellite mission that measured rising sea levels for 11 years is ending due to the deteriorating condition of the spacecraft’s power system, officials said Friday.” During its 11-year mission, the Jason 2 satellite “outlived its design life and continued collecting precise sea level measurements through the launch of a replacement spacecraft.” NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen said, “Jason-2/OSTM has provided unique insight into ocean currents and sea level rise with tangible benefits to marine forecasting, meteorology and our understanding of climate change.” (Image: Artist's rendition of Jason 2 Satellite | JPL/NASA)
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