Gallery: New NASA Satellite Will Study Ocean Salinity Levels for Clues ...


On June 9th NASA will be launching their Aquarius/SAC-D observatory, a satellite dedicated to studying changes in the Earth’s climate. The main instrument on the satellite, the Aquarius, will be measuring levels of salinity in the Earth’s oceans. The salinity of the ocean plays a huge role in the water cycle and the ocean’s circulation — both movements have a huge effect on the planet’s climate — and with this data NASA scientists will be able to track how the ocean’s salinity affects climate change.

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