Watery mission: SpaceX and NASA join forces on 2021 monitoring project
By Ellen Powell
Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corporation has been selected to launch NASA’s Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission, the agency announced on Tuesday. The launch is currently planned for April 2021: a Falcon 9 rocket will carry the mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California into space.
The mission is “designed to make the first-ever global survey of Earth’s surface water ,” according to NASA. Scientists hope the measurements it takes as it circles the globe every 11 days will help track floods, monitor droughts, and protect livelihoods.