The data continuity in ocean surface mapping that U.S. and French scientists have sustained since 1992 is set to continue following the 12:46 a.m. PST June 20 liftoff of Jason-2 on a Delta II from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. In orbit checkout is underway for the 1,113-pound Thales Alenia spacecraft, which was lofted into an orbit about 10 miles below its predecessor, the still operating Jason-1, launched in 2001. While Jason-1 continues to operate, Jason-2 will track its readings; ...

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