The French-U.S. Jason 2 Ocean Surface Topography Mission has generated its first maps of ocean altimetry between 66 degrees north and south latitudes. France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) produced the maps using data collected by the new spacecraft in the 10 days beginning July 4. Launched June 20 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on a Delta II vehicle, Jason 2 is orbiting in formation with its Jason 1 predecessor at 1,336 km. (830 miles) with just 55 seconds ...

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