NASA launches a new satellite to monitor rising sea levels

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NASA has been working out to measure the changes in the sea level against the time through satellite from the 1990s and now the organization has finally assigned a new satellite this Saturday.

The new satellite is named as “Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich“, and it was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. As per the report, it is the first ocean-focused satellite managed by NASA and a European Agency. This new launch will be at work for the upcoming ten years.

In the process to measure the sea levels at different points, the satellite will release an electronic signal beam down to the ocean and will make a note of the time taken by the beam to return back to the satellite. By observing various consecutive readings, the sea level changes easily can be detected.

Along with the detection of changes in the sea-level, the satellite can forecast weather also. Before any trouble like a storm, a massive change in the sea level is observed every time. 

Monitoring the changes in climate due to human activities currently, is of utmost importance. With the help of the new satellite, needless to say, NASA will get more precise and accurate reports that can further be used to take actions to control our habits to save our mother nature.


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