TOPEX/Poseidon was an oceanography mission to monitor global ocean circulation, improve global climate predictions, and monitor events such as El Niño and ocean eddies. These data have greatly ... enhanced our understanding of the role of the ocean in the formation of Earth?s weather and climate.
Key TOPEX/Poseidon Facts
Joint with France
Mass: 2388 kg
Power: 3,385 W
Operating Life: Over 13 years, until October 9, 2005