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Sentinel-6 satellite to help NASA track climate change’s effects on Earth’s oceans

Sentinel-6 satellite to help NASA track climate change’s effects on Earth’s oceans

Science
Nov. 20 (UPI) -- While NASA has been using satellites to measure the height of the ocean for the last 28 years, the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is slated to offer greater precision than ever before. Sentinel-6, jointly developed by NASA, the European Space Agency, the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites and NOAA, is set to launch Saturday at 12:17p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Advertisement The satellite will use a trio of instruments to calculate its position and distance above the ocean's surface as the satellite follows its polar orbit. "It's going to be a new star in the sky, giving us the best possible measurements of sea level rise, ocean waves and wind," Craig Donlon, Sentinel-6 mis...
NASA SpaceX mission: Dragon capsule docks with International Space Station

NASA SpaceX mission: Dragon capsule docks with International Space Station

Technology
A SpaceX vessel carrying four astronauts has docked with the International Space Station (ISS).The Dragon capsule called "Resilience" by it's crew launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and took 27 hours to reach the ISS in the early hours of Tuesday morning (UK time). The three American and one Japanese astronauts on board the craft will stay among the stars until April 2021. Image: The Dragon capsule docked with the ISS after a 27-hour voyage ISS astronaut Kate Rubins said "Oh, what a good voice to hear" when she first made radio contact with the Dragon's commander Mike Hopkins.The mission is the first crewed NASA flight to space aboard a privately built vessel, with Elon Musk's SpaceX developing the capsule. ...
Nasa SpaceX mission: Dragon capsule docks with space station

Nasa SpaceX mission: Dragon capsule docks with space station

Science
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SpaceX, NASA make history with launch to space station

SpaceX, NASA make history with launch to space station

Science
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- SpaceX and NASA made history again Sunday evening as four astronauts -- the first foursome ever to lift off atop a rocket -- launched successfully to the International Space Station from Florida. The Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule Resilience lifted off into a partly cloudy, dark sky at 7:27 p.m. EST from Kennedy Space Center. Advertisement The launch began a 27½-hour journey through space to the orbiting platform, which passed over the launch site just before liftoff. The astronauts planned to sleep aboard the spacecraft, which is about 27 feet tall including an attached storage trunk. Unlike this year's previous Crew Dragon mission, the astronauts who headed to space on Sunday did not plan to perform any navigation of the self-guided
Nasa SpaceX launch: Astronaut crew strapped in for flight

Nasa SpaceX launch: Astronaut crew strapped in for flight

Science
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