Measuring the Seas from Space! U.S.-European Satellite Launching THIS SATURDAY Seeks to Answer Vital Climate Questions Live Shots

  • Released Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:44PM

Click here for: Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Media Reel. Includes links to associated b-roll Click HERE for lightly edited b-roll showing the launch animation and the satellite in orbit.Click here for the PRESS KITClick here for social media video in SPANISH

Click here for: Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Media Reel. Includes links to associated b-roll

Click HERE for lightly edited b-roll showing the launch animation and the satellite in orbit.

Click here for the PRESS KIT

Click here for social media video in SPANISH

Earth’s climate is changing, and one of the clearest signs is rising sea levels in the world’s oceans. THIS Saturday, a U.S.- European collaboration will launch the first of two satellites that will track sea level height over the next decade.

NASA and NOAA scientists are available virtually Friday, November 20 from 6:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST and 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. EST - one day before launch - and again Saturday, November 21 from 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. EST - just hours before launch scheduled for 12:17 p.m. EST from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California - to tell your viewers when they can watch the launch, and why it is important to document changing sea level.

The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will add vital measurements to a nearly 30-year record of sea level observations, giving us valuable insight to how the oceans are responding to climate change. This newest satellite will continue the longest-running series of missions dedicated to answering this question: How fast are Earth’s oceans rising and how will that impact us?

The mission consists of two identical satellites, Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich and Sentinel-6B, that will launch five years apart. Along with observing sea levels, these satellites will also provide precise data of atmospheric temperature and humidity that will help improve weather forecasts and climate models.

To Schedule an interview:
Please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/8hm3u5sG8mukMQLN7
Interviews will be conducted using video chat programs including Skype in 15-minute slots. For example 600-615 ET, 615-630 ET, etc. Satellite interviews are not available.
Spanish Interviews are available

Participating Scientists:
Thomas Zurbuchen / Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
Karen St. Germain / Earth Science Division Director, NASA Headquarters
Nadya Vinogradova Shiffer / Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Program Scientist, NASA Headquarters
Ivona Cetinic / NASA Oceanographer, USRA
Michelle Easter / JPL, Mechatronics Engineer
Ben Hamlington / JPL, Research Scientist
Josh Willis / JPL Project Scientist for Sentinel-6
Shannon Statham / JPL, Sentinel-6 AMR-C Integration & Test Lead
Thomas Thammasuckdi / JPL, Ground Data Software Engineer Lead
Steve Nerem / University of Colorado, Professor, Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Eric Leuliette / NOAA, Sentinel-6 Project Scientist
Carlos Del Castillo / NASA Scientist [Interviews in Spanish]

Erika Podest / JPL, climate scientist [Interviews in Spanish]
Pedro E. Moreira / JPL, Payload Development / Mechanical Engineer [Interviews in Spanish]


Suggested Questions:
Tell us about the new mission that is launching this weekend to better understand sea level rise?
Why is measuring sea level important? What does it tell us about climate change?
Why do we use satellites to observe the ocean? How do you do that from space?
How will data from Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich ( Fry-lick) Satellite help to improve weather forecasts, such as the models that track the formation and evolution of hurricanes?
How does sea level rise affect us here in XXXX?
What is your role on the mission, and what excites you about it?
Where can people learn more and stay up to date on this mission?

Suggested Anchor Intro:

GLOBAL SEA LEVEL RISE IS ONE OF THE MOST DISTINCTIVE INDICATORS OF CHANGES IN OUR CLIMATE. NOW, NASA, IN COLLABORATION WITH EUROPEAN PARTNERS AND NOAA, IS LAUNCHING THE FIRST OF TWO SATELLITES THAT WILL EXTEND THE RECORD OF SEA LEVEL MEASUREMENTS THROUGH 2030.

THE SENTINEL-6 MICHAEL FREILICH SATELLITE WILL ADD TO NEARLY 30 YEARS OF SEA LEVEL RECORDS AND WILL HELP ANSWER VITAL CLIMATE QUESTIONS. TODAY WE HAVE A NASA/NOAA TEAM MEMBER … TO TALK ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT MISSION...

Includes lightly edited b-roll from the launch animation sequence and various animations of the satellite in orbit

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center