RADARBANGSA.COM – The Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) has created a new breakthrough called Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich. This breakthrough in collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) will later function to monitor sea level rise and help scientists to see coastlines from outer space.
Citing NASA’s website, Michael Freilich’s Sentinel-6 is taken from the name of former NASA Earth Science Division Michael Freilich. This joint US-European Sentinel will be taken into space using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. This rocket was launched on Saturday, November 22, 2020 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, central California.
This satellite is the first of its kind to focus on the ocean and will expand NASA and ESA research on global sea level over the next 30 years. The next satellite, Sentinel-6B, will launch in 2025.
“This pair of satellites is tasked with extending the record for global sea level measurements for the next 30 years. The instruments aboard the satellite will also provide atmospheric data that will improve weather forecasting, climate modeling and storm tracking, “said NASA.
NASA also contributes launch services, ground systems that support the operation of science instruments, data science processing, and support for the International Ocean Surface Topography Science Team. These satellite launches are managed by NASA’s Launch Service Program, based at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
To measure sea level, they would emit electromagnetic signals into the oceans and then measure how long it would take for them to bounce back.
When NASA began working on researching sea level rise in the 1990s, scientists were still curious about whether predictions about the impacts of climate change were coming true.
“As sure as gravity is here, where I sit, these oceans are rising and we need to tackle what affects our lives,” said astrophysicist Thomas Zurbuchen.
With the launch of Michael Freilich’s 6th Satellite, NASA scientists are expected to be able to make high-resolution, closer-to-shore observations.
Unlike previous missions, the Sentinel-6 monitoring satellite will collect a variety of measurements at a much higher resolution and be able to measure even smaller variations in sea level.