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  1. Jason-2 takes to the air

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    May 7, 2008

    Since 1992, altimetry satellites have significantly enhanced our knowledge of the world’s oceans. The Jason-2 satellite is all set to take over the ocean-observing mission of its predecessors Jason-1 and Topex/Poseidon. It recently arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in preparation for launch on 15 June.

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  2. Jason-2 delivers its first global maps

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    March 11, 2010

    The european-US Jason-3 oceanography satellite is scheduled to launch in 2013 to replace Jason-1. Its objective is to continue monitoring sea-surface height and pursue the 21-year time series of high-accuracy ocean altimetry measurements.

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  3. A leap forward for oceanography

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    June 10, 2008

    Over the last 15 years, altimetry satellites have been poring over the oceans in every detail, collecting more data in 10 days than could be gathered over several centuries by ships. This nascent revolution in oceanography promises to improve climate forecasting.

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