NASA and its partners on an upcoming mission to extend long-term observations of global sea level change will announce the renaming of the mission, currently known as Sentinel-6A/Jason-CS, at a ceremony at 9 a.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 28.
The ceremony will take place in the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E. St., SW, in Washington and will air live on NASA Television and the agencys website.
NASA is jointly developing the mission with its partners at ESA (European Space Agency), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with support from the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), France’s space agency. Sentinel-6 is part of Copernicus, the European Unions Earth observation program managed by the European Commission. The satellite is scheduled for launch in November from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Ceremony participants include:
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for Science
Josef Aschbacher, ESA director of Earth Observation Programmes
Stephen Volz, NOAA assistant administrator for Satellite and Information Services
Alain Ratier, EUMETSAT director-general
Mercedes Garcia Prez, head of Global Issues and Innovation of the European Union delegation to the United States
Mike Freilich, former director of NASAs Earth Science Division