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Twin Spacecraft Launch to Track Earth’s Water Movement

May 22, 2018 9:29 pm Categorised in:

A joint U.S./German space mission to track the continuous movement of water and other changes in Earth’s mass on and beneath the planet’s surface successfully launched at 12:47 p.m. PDT, May 22, 2018, from the California coast.

The twin spacecraft of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO), a joint NASA/German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) mission, lifted off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, sharing their ride into space with five Iridium NEXT communications satellites.