Saturday, 9 April 2011

NASA's Aquarius Taste Seawater For You

NASA's Aquarius instrument will soon embark on its space mission to "taste" Earth's salty ocean. The Aquarius instrument, set to measure the ocean's surface salinity, recently made the trip from São José dos Campos, Brazil, to California's Vandenberg Air Force Base for final integration and testing before its scheduled launch on June 9. Aquarius will map the concentration of dissolved salt at the ocean's surface, information that scientists will use to study the ocean's role in the global water cycle and how this is linked to ocean currents and climate.