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The story behind the decision to rename a satellite

03 February 2020

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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

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