Media Invited to Renaming Ceremony for International Ocean Science Satellite

The Sentinel-6A/Jason-CS mission, set to launch in November, will extend long-term observations of global sea level change.
Credits: ESA

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

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