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  • Aquarius/SAC-D Artist's Concept

    Aquarius - SAC-D Artist's Concept

    Artist's concept of the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft, a collaboration between NASA and Argentina's space agency, with participation from Brazil, Canada, France and Italy. Aquarius, the NASA-built primary...

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  • Fitting the Aquarius spacecraft

    Fitting Aquarius

    Aquarius 2.5m composite reflector being fitted with gold foil covering in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

    The NASA-built primary instrument on the spacecraft, will take ...

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  • Back of Aquarius instrument

    Aquarius Instrument

    Technicians work on the back of the Aquarius instrument in a clean room.

    The NASA-built primary instrument on the spacecraft, will take NASA's first space-based measurements of ocean surf...

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  • Aquarius reflector

    Aquarius Reflector

    Aquarius reflector being attached to boom.

    The NASA-built primary instrument on the spacecraft, will take NASA's first space-based measurements of ocean surface salinity, a key missing va...

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  • Aquarius - SAC-D Spacecraft is prepped for shipping to California

    Aquarius - SAC-D Spacecraft is Prepped for Shipping to California

    Technicians lower the cover over the shipping container holding the international Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft at Brazil's National Institute for Space Research in Sáo José dos Campos, in preparation for...

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  • Technicians work on the Aquarius radiometer.

    Aquarius' Salt-Seeking Radiometer

    Technicians work on the Aquarius radiometer in a clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The radiometer will measure ocean surface salinity.

    Image credit: NASA

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  • The Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft is prepped for thermal vacuum chamber tests

    Prepping Aquarius for Thermal Vacuum Tests

    The joint U.S. and Argentine Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft is prepped for thermal vacuum chamber tests at Brazil's National Institute for Space Research.

    Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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