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A satellite that will track Earth's sea level rise is ready to launch

November 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is set to launch on Saturday as the next generation of spacecraft keeping an eye on global sea level. The satellite will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on November 21 at 12:17 p.m. ET.

(CNN)More than 830 miles above Earth's surface, a next-generation satellite will launch today to keep an eye on global sea levels.

The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is set to launch on Saturday as the next generation of spacecraft keeping an eye on our planet's sea levels.

Once in orbit, the pickup truck-size satellite will track global sea level for the next five and a half years from 830 miles above Earth's surface.

For 30 years, satellites have helped monitor Earth's sea level.

This satellite is the latest in that series, but it will collect the most accurate data yet on the global sea level and how it shifts in response to climate change.

This long tradition of sea level-monitoring satellites began with the original Jason series missions and its predecessor TOPEX/Poseidon, which launched in 2001 and 1992, respectively.

Global sea level is rising 0. 13 inches per year -- 30% more than when the first mission launched in 1992, according to NASA.

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