NASA launches Aquarius satellite into space, to measure saltiness of Earth’s oceans (Video)

By on Jun 11, 2011 in Astronomy, Science, United States, Weather Comments

NASA launched its Aquarius satellite on Friday, June 10, 2011 into space, as shown in the video below, which was said to be used to measure the saltiness of the Earth’s oceans.



NASA Aquarius satellite launch, June 10, 2011
Image Credit: NASA.gov

As noted at NASA.gov that day, the Aquarius satellite observatory was launched on Friday at 7:20:13 a.m. (PDT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

According to its report, the Aquarius/SAC-D satellite observatory was carried off by a Delta 2 rocket and will also be used by scientists to understand better the global water cycle, thus improving climate forecasts.

Apparently, NASA collaborated Argentina‘s space agency, Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE), for the launching of this Aquarius satellite (SAC-D).

Aquarius is a critical component of our Earth sciences work, and part of the next generation of space-based instruments that will take our knowledge of our home planet to new heights,” NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver said on the report.

“The innovative scientists and engineers who contributed to this mission are part of the talented team that will help America win the future and make a positive impact across the globe.” Garver added.

In addition to Aquarius, the observatory brought along seven other instruments that will monitor natural hazards and collect a broad range of environmental data, with countries including Brazil, Canada, France and Italy as mission partners.

This Aquarius/SAC-D service platform will be tested and maneuvered into its final operational on the next 25 days, near-polar orbit 657 kilometers (408 miles) above Earth.


NASA Aquarius satellite launch, June 10, 2011
Video Credit: NASA.gov



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