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SpaceX launches NASA-European satellite to monitor rising sea levels – CBS News

The Sentinel-6 satellite is the first of two in a billion-dollar program to monitor Earth’s oceans.

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The first of two satellites in a billion-dollar NASA-European project to precisely measure rising sea levels, a major consequence of global warming, streaked into orbit from California Saturday atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
By timing how long it takes cloud-penetrating radar beams to bounce back from the ocean 830 miles below, the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite can track sea levels to an accuracy of less than half an inch to help scientists chart the ongoing effects of global warming over…

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