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Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on

Phase: Development

Launch Date: February 2018

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The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on (GRACE-FO) mission will allow scientists to gain new insights into the dynamic processes in Earth’s interior, into currents in the oceans, and into variations in the extent of ice coverage. Data from the mission, combined with other existing sources of data, will greatly improve scientific understanding of glaciers, and hydrology. GRACE-FO will obtain the same extremely high-resolution global models of Earth’s gravity field, including how it varies over time, as in the original GRACE mission (launched in 2002). The GRACE-FO data is vital to ensuring there is a minimal gap in gravitational field measurements following the decommissioning of the currently operating GRACE mission. GRACE-FO includes a partnership with Germany.