The joint NASA/French Space Agency oceanography
satellite Jason 1 launches into Earth orbit. Jason 1 joins its orbiting
cousin, the venerable Topex/Poseidon satellite, to continue observations
of the global climate interaction occurring between the sea and
the atmosphere as a result of stored solar energy.
Instruments on the satellite will map variations in ocean surface
topography to monitor world ocean circulation, study interactions
of the oceans and atmosphere, improve climate predictions and observe
events like El Nino.
See also: Jason
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