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(NASA) – NASA is set to launch the Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite, a pathfinder mission about Earth’s water that will use new technology to address climate change and its impact on our environment.
NASA and SpaceX are targeting no earlier than Monday, Dec. 5, for the launch of the Earth-facing satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
SWOT is an international satellite mission led by NASA and the French space agency Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES) that will survey water on Earth’s surface, observe the fine details of ocean surface topography, and measure how water bodies change over time.
The Canadian Space Agency and the UK Space Agency also have contributed to developing SWOT. NASA’s Launch Services Program at Kennedy is managing the launch.
NASA will post updates on launch preparations on the SWOT blog. For more information about SWOT, visit: swot.jpl.nasa.gov
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