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Jason-2 successfully launched

On 20 June, the Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 satellite was successfully launched by NASA from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The satellite has started a globe-circling voyage to monitor sea level, a vital indicator of global climate change.

Compared with Jason-1, Jason-2 will provide substantially more accurate data and thus will improve knowledge of global and regional sea-level changes, and enable more precise weather, ocean and climate forecasts.

Jason-2’s expected lifetime of at least three years will extend into the next decade the continuous record of these data started in 1992 by NASA and CNES, with the TOPEX/Poseidon mission.

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Source GMES.Info