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NASA, SpaceX launch satellite to measure global sea-level rise

NASA targeted 12:17 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, for the California launch.


SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched without fail from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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The first of two identical satellites that will spend at least the next decade making sea-level observations will head into Earth orbit Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

NASA is targeting 12:17 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, for the California launch of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX reports the launches static fire test is complete and Falcon 9 and the satellite have been rolled out for the launch.

The satellite, named in honor of NASA's Earth Science Divisions' former director, follows the 2016 launch of Jason-3, the most recent U.S.-European sea level observation satellite.

Both satellites will push the recording of sea levels from space into its fourth decade and will be tasked with "accurate measurements of sea surface height for more than 90% of the world’s oceans, and providing crucial information for operational oceanography, marine meteorology, and climate studies."

Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich's twin, Sentinel-6B, is set to launch in 2025. 

You can watch the satellite "set sail" for space on NASA TV or by tuning into 10 Tampa Bay where we will be streaming the launch live on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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