Age of Aquarius

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Because we live in the age of Aquarius, this question can be answered.

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And this is the answer, The Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity Satellite.  Sorry for the psychedelic rendition.  I’m reliving the 1960’s Age of Aquarius hippie groove thing!

Aquarius Satellite Artists Rendering

This is better! Aquarius is a collaboration between NASA and the Space Agency of Argentina.

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It’s mission is to study Sea Surface Salinity from Space.

Liftoff of the Delta II Rocket

Liftoff of the Delta II rocket with the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft aboard, June 10, 2011.

If you have an extra 3 minutes, I would highly recommend watching this film by the NASA Goddard Space Research Center.

World map of salt measurement

Here are some of the high points, from the video.

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A study from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego measured the salinity and temperature of ocean water and how it is effected by natural phenomena such as:

Natural climate cycles

Natural climate cycles

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Volcanoes

Solar Flare

and Solar Flares.

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After running hundreds of computer climate models, which took into account all the natural world phenomena, they could NOT replicate the salinity or temperature patterns that researchers have observed since 1955.

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ONLY when the warming trends ASSOCIATED WITH HUMAN ACTIVITY were added could the observed salinity trends and temperature changes be explained.

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When it comes to climate change, we ARE making a difference.  Unfortunately, it’s the WRONG difference.

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And that’s what Aquarius is hoping to help us understand.  And then ultimately, fix!

Aquarius covers the surface of the Earth once every 7 days.

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Where is Aquarius right now?

Credits:

Everything Aquarius!  NASA’s interactive information and maps.

Scripps Institute of Oceanography’s research and findings.

PBS story of Sea Saltiness Seen from Space

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Liftoff of the Delta II rocket with the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.

  2 comments for “Age of Aquarius

  1. March 5, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    This is true. I feel man has turned a blind eye to this because of other benefits. But then, it is affecting everyone.

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    • March 7, 2013 at 2:26 am

      I don’t know what it is going to take for people to believe that treating the Earth with respect, equals treating ourselves and our children with respect. I guess there is still too much money involved for change to begin.

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