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NASA shifts Earth science mission to previously flown Falcon 9

NASA shifts Earth science mission to previously flown Falcon 9

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NASA’s embrace of reused rockets continued with an agreement this month to switch the upcoming launch of an Earth science satellite from a new to a previously flown Falcon 9

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A contract modification published April 6 for the agency’s NASA Launch Services 2 contract with SpaceX changes the upcoming launch of the Surface Water

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and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite from a new Falcon 9 booster to a previously flown own.

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The contract modification did not explain that change.

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SWOT, a mission being developed in partnership with Canada, France and the United Kingdom, will monitor the location and volume of water both in the oceans as well as lakes and rivers

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, enabling scientists to measure the effects of climate change.

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