The story behind the decision to rename a satellite
03 February 2020
Naming a satellite after a person – other than historical or mythical figures – is a very rare occurrence.
However, in January 2020, the European and American partners in a joint ocean-monitoring satellite mission gathered in Washington to rename the admittedly unpoetic-sounding Sentinel-6A satellite after the retired Director of NASA's Earth Science Programme, Dr Mike Freilich.
Image credit: EUMETSAT - Dr Mike Freilich