Ocean Surface Topography Mission / Jason 2

Mission Summary

The Ocean Surface Topography Mission /Jason 2 is an Earth satellite designed to make observations of ocean topography for investigations into sea-level rise and the relationship between ocean circulation and climate change. The satellite also provides data on the forces behind such large-scale climate phenomena as El Niño and La Niña.

The mission is a follow-on to the French-American Jason 1 mission, which began collecting data on sea-surface levels in 1992.

Scientific Instrument(s)

- Altimeter
- Advanced Microwave Radiometer (AMR)
- Doppler Orbitography Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite (DORIS)
- Laser Retroflector Array (LRA)

Acronym: OSTM / Jason 2
Type: Orbiter
Status: Current
Launch Date: June 20, 2008
12:46 a.m. PDT (07:46 UTC)
Launch Location: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Target: Earth