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Friday, March 08, 2013

Delwyn Moller: Water-Mapping Mission Takes Flight

Delwyn Moller enjoying a scenic ride over the hills of
Wellington City.

A mission to map Earth's water from space starts with a small passenger plane flying over California's Sacramento River.

The ongoing flights, including one planned for Friday (March 8), are helping scientists fine-tune a precision radar system called AirSWOT ( Air Surface Water Ocean Topography) for the mission. The radar will fly aboard the SWOT satellite planned for launch in 2020, said Delwyn Moller, a radar engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., who helped design the radar.

"AirSWOT is an instrument that is going to map the surface topography of water, both for the oceans and for freshwater," Moller told OurAmazingPlanet. "This is a very new concept," she said.

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