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NASA's 'Age of Aquarius' has dawned with the successful launch of an international satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The NASA-built Aquarius instrument on board the Aquarius/Satélite de Aplicaciones Científicas (SAC)-D observatory will help scientists improve climate forecasts. It will make NASA’s first space observations of the concentration of dissolved salt (salinity) at the ocean surface, a key missing variable in satellite studies of Earth. The mission is a collaboration between NASA and Argentina’s space agency, Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE).

TRT: 0:17
Michael Freilich, NASA Earth Science Director
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Michael Freilich, NASA Earth Science Director

Cut 1 - (00:17) –“This is obviously a great day, a great day for Argentina and CONAE, a great day for the US and NASA and a great day for all of our other international collaborators on this mission, and it’s a great day for science.”
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