Sunday, March 15, 2009

GOCE launch

oceanic streams map
European Space Agency (ESA) is about to launch the most sophisticated of Earth Observation satellites to investigate the Earth’s gravitational field with unprecedented resolution and accuracy, the GOCE (Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer). Liftoff is scheduled for 15:21 CET on Monday, 16 March 2009, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.
GOCE data will be crucial for obtaining accurate measurements of ocean circulation and sea-level change, both of which are affected by climate change. The data will help to better understand processes occurring inside the Earth which are linked to volcanoes and earthquakes.

Read more in the European Space Agency
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