Ocean satellite dies after 11-year mission

2013-07-03T16:02:00Z 2013-08-22T16:20:08Z Ocean satellite dies after 11-year missionThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 03, 2013 4:02 pm  • 

PASADENA, Calif. — Jason-1, a satellite that for more than a decade precisely tracked rising sea levels across a vast sweep of ocean and helped forecasters make better weather and climate predictions, has ended its useful life after circling the globe more than 53,500 times, NASA announced Wednesday.

The joint U.S. and French satellite was decommissioned this week after its last remaining transmitter failed, according to a NASA statement.

Launched on Dec. 7, 2001, Jason-1 was designed to have a lifespan of three to five years but it lasted for 11 years.

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