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Official NASA Communication 94-132

Official NASA Communication 94-132

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Brian DunbarHeadquarters, Washington, D.C.August 10, 1994(Phone: 202/358-1547)Release: 94-132FRENCH SPACE AGENCY HONORS TOPEX-POSEIDON TEAMThe French space agency honored members of the U.S.-FrenchTOPEX/POSEIDON management team today by awarding them the CNES Medalin recognition of their achievements. The Centre Nationale d'EtudesSpatiales (CNES) awards the medal periodically in recognition of highly successful projects.CNES General Director Jean-Daniel Levi presented the award toseven team members from NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.; NASA'sJet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif.; and the CNESproject office. Receiving the award were:Dr. Lee-Leung Fu, JPL Project Scientist;W. Linwood Jones, NASA Kennedy Space Center, former NASA ProgramManager;Dr. Michel Lefebvre, CNES Project Scientist;Dr. William Patzert, JPL, former Program Scientist;William Townsend, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Missionto Planet Earth, and former NASA Program Manager;Dr. W. Stanley Wilson, National Oceanic and AtmosphericAdministration (NOAA) Assistant Administrator, National OceanService, former NASA Program Scientist; andCharles Yamarone, JPL Project Manager.Launched August 10, 1992, TOPEX/POSEIDON is studying thetopography of the oceans, providing scientists with the data they needto better understand how ocean circulation distributes heat around theEarth and how the oceans affect climate.In two years, the satellite has completed 9,350 orbits and 69,ten-day science data-gathering cycles, collecting more than onetrillion bits of data. The satellite is measuring sea level to anaccuracy of 2.2 inches (5.7 centimeters), and the data have beendistributed to the international science team for their analysis.TOPEX/POSEIDON is the first mission to provide such precise andaccurate observations of sea level, allowing scientists to study

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