PIA18158: Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason 2 (Artist's Concept)
Mission: OSTM/Jason-2
Spacecraft: Jason-2
Product Size: 2000 x 1650 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
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The Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason 2 is an Earth satellite designed to make observations of ocean topography for investigations into sea-level rise and the relationship between ocean circulation and climate change. The satellite also provides data on the forces behind such large-scale climate phenomena as El Niño and La Niña.

The mission is a follow-on to the French-American Jason 1 mission, which began collecting data on sea-surface levels in 1992.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Image Addition Date:
2008-09-23