The French-U.S. Jason 2 Ocean Surface Topography Mission has generated its first maps of ocean altimetry between 66 deg. N. and S. Lat. France’s space agency CNES produced the maps using data collected by the new spacecraft in the 10 days beginning July 4. Launched June 20 from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., on a Delta II vehicle, Jason 2 is orbiting in formation with its Jason 1 predecessor at 1,336 km. (830 mi.) with just 55 sec. separating them. From there it uses its Poseidon 3 radar to provide ...

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