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Continued high precision measurement of Earth’s sea level is assured

17 January 2019

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The most accurate source of measurements of the Earth's rising sea levels – the Jason-3 satellite mission – will continue for at least two more years from today after the extension of its mission.

Jason-3 today (17 January) celebrates the third anniversary of its launch after having orbited the Earth more than 14,000 times. But it's not just any anniversary.

Today, Jason-3 closes its routine operations phase, having accomplished the primary goals defined by its American and European partners – EUMETSAT, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the French Space Agency (CNES),NASA/JPL and the European Commission.


Image credit: EUMETSAT - An artist's impression of Jason-3 in orbit

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