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14-Jan-04 | Aquarius takes the next step

NASA recently announced that the Aquarius mission has been given the go-ahead to begin with “mission formulation,” an early phase of development where planners will determine what exactly they want the spacecraft to accomplish. In general terms, Aquarius will measure global Sea Surface Salinity (SSS), which will help scientists to draw conclusions regarding ocean currents, the water cycle, and the earth’s climate. Aquarius is expected to launch on a dedicated Delta II Med-Lite vehicle in September 2008. (NASA Press Release, 06-Jan-04)


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