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SpaceX launches new NASA satellite and lands with a boom – CNET

The latest Falcon 9 mission boosted Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, which is meant to keep a precise eye on our oceans.



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Illustration of the Sentinel-6/Michael Freilich satellite in orbit.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket sent a new NASA and European Space Agency satellite on its way to orbit from California on Saturday morning. The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is the latest in a series of satellites that have provided critical data about sea level rise and climate change for almost three decades. It’s named for the former director of NASA’s Earth Science Division, Michael Freilich, who’s considered a pioneer…

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