A briefing this Thursday on NASA’s joint mission with Germany’s German Research Centre for Geosciences will allow the public to ask questions directly to the team on Twitter, by using the hashtag #askNASA prior to the missions launch on Sunday.
The mission named the ” GRACE-FO” project will see two satellites launched to provide measurements and monitor mass water movements and mass Earth changes.
Monitoring changes in ice sheets and glaciers, underground water storage, and sea level provide a unique view of Earth’s climate and has far-reaching benefits.
The mission is planned to fly at least five years.
The briefing and answering of questions will be live streamed on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
The satellites are scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 4:04 p.m. EDT May 19 from Space Launch Complex-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Spacecraft separation from the rocket will occur approximately 11.5 minutes after launch.
The spacecraft’s final circular, the near-polar orbit will be 305 miles (490 kilometers) at an inclination of 89 degrees, orbiting Earth once every approximately 90 minutes.
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