Aquarius/SAC-D Satellite Launch Will Monitor Ocean Salt Level Like The Indian Ocean Says US Space Agency

By on May 18, 2011 in Astronomy, Europe, Science, United States, Weather, World Comments
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Aquarius/SAC-D satellite, an orbiting science instrument, will be launch on June 9, 2011, according to a featured article by US space agency, NASA, on Tuesday, May 17, 2011.

Ocean salt levels and salinity changes will be monitored by Aquarius/SAC-D, to relate it to future climate.

Three months ago, NASA‘s Glory satellite, an observatory satellite worth $424 million, plunges into the ocean due to technical problems in its rocket launcher.

In 2009, the European Space Agency launched a European satellite mission,  Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS), to measure soil moisture and ocean salinity.The European Space Agency is in close coordination with NASA.

Aquarius/SAC-D satellite is a global partnership between Argentina, France, Brazil, Canada and Italy. According to scientists, the collaboration aims to gather more information about the oceans around the world that may complement with the SMOS findings.

Gary Lagerloef, principal investigator of the Earth & Space Research in Seattle, Washington said that, “Aquarius will map global variations in salinity in unprecedented detail, leading to new discoveries that will improve our ability to predict future climate.” He added that, “Once we have both of these missions in orbit, we will compare results, we will intercalibrate them. We will do a lot of things cooperatively to provide the best information about ocean surface salinity to the scientific community that we possibly can.”

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