New satellite will track world’s water, could impact farmers

December 20, 2022

By Sierra Dawn McClain.

Article received from Oregon Water Resources Congress (OWRC) weekly update 12/29/22.

NASA and partner organizations have launched an international mission to survey the Earth’s surface water across oceans, lakes and rivers via a new satellite.

Members of the mission team said the project will provide farmers with more data about the water sources they use.

On Friday, the satellite built for NASA and the French space agency Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, or CNES, lifted off from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base.

The spacecraft, launched aboard a SpaceX rocket, is expected to orbit the Earth for at least three years as part of a Surface Water and Ocean Topography Project: SWOT for short.

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