NASA launches jointly developed satellite

Monday, June 13, 2011

US space agency NASA successfully launched Aquarius-SAC-D, a joint satellite with Argentina, on June 10, national space agency Conae said in a release.

The aircraft was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force base in California. The satellite was expected to launch on June 9, but was delayed due to technical issues.

The satellite was developed by Conae in conjunction with NASA. The US space agency invested US$260mn in the project, while Argentina's science and technology ministry invested US$60mn, according to previous reports.

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The joint US-Argentine satellite mission will map the salinity of the ocean's surface, providing information about the water cycle and ocean circulation.