Representatives from the European and US space agencies behind the Copernicus Sentinel-6 ocean-monitoring satellite mission – critical for deeper understanding of climate change and for weather forecasting – will brief the media on Friday, 16 October, 2020.
The first of the satellites in this mission, the Copernicus Sentinel-6 “Michael Freilich” is scheduled for launch from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the United States, on 10 November.
The satellite will provide data of unprecedented accuracy on the Earth’s rising sea levels and crucial inputs for weather forecasting.
Key speakers will be:
• Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington
• Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director-General in charge of space in the Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.
• Josef Aschbacher, Director for Earth Observation Programmes at ESA, from ESA/ESRIN in Rome, Italy.
• Alain Ratier, Director-General of EUMETSAT in Darmstadt, Germany.
• Karen St. Germain Director of NASA's Earth Science Division in Washington.
• Parag Vaze, Project Manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
• Nadya Vinogradova-Shiffer, Program Scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
The briefing will air live on NASA Television, the agency's website, the NASA Sentinel-6 Facebook page and on ESA Web TV from 16:00 Central European Summer Time.
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