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Global Water and Ocean Surface Mission

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NASA-CNES Move Forward with Global Water and Ocean Surface Mission

NASA and the French space agency Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) have agreed to jointly build, launch, and operate a spacecraft to conduct the first-ever global survey of Earth's surface water and to map ocean surface height with unprecedented detail.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall signed an agreement Friday at NASA Headquarters in Washington to move from feasibility studies to implementation of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission. The two agencies began initial joint studies on the mission in 2009 and plan to complete preliminary design activities in 2016, with launch planned in 2020.

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How wet is the Earth? Good question really. Any wetter and most land life would probably become amphibious.

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Yes! We should investigate the ocean depths more than space.. Clearly this planet should not have been named "Earth" but rather "Water"

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