NASA and a number of other partners announced Tuesday they need renamed a key ocean observation satellite launching this fall in honor of Earth scientist Michael Freilich, who retired last year as head of NASA’s natural science division, an edge he held since 2006.
NASA – along side ESA (European Space Agency), the ecu Commission (EC), the ecu Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), and therefore the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – made the announcement during a special event at the agency’s headquarters.
“This honor demonstrates the worldwide reach of Mike’s legacy,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “We are grateful for ESA and therefore the European partners’ generosity in recognizing Mike’s lifelong dedication to understanding our planet and improving life for everybody thereon . Mike’s contributions to NASA – and to natural science worldwide – are invaluable, and that we are thrilled that this satellite bearing his name will uncover new knowledge about the oceans that he has such an abiding passion.”
The Sentinel-6A/Jason CS satellite, scheduled to launch this fall from Vandenberg Air Force base in California, will now be referred to as Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich. The mission aims to continue high precision ocean altimetry measurements within the 2020/2030 timeframe using two identical satellites launching five years apart – Sentinel-6A Michael Freilich and Sentinel-6B.
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