Sentinel-6 satellite renamed in honour of renowned US scientist
28 January 2020
ESA, NASA, the European Commission, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have renamed the upcoming Sentinel-6A satellite after Earth scientist Dr Michael H. Freilich.
Michael H. Freilich led NASA's work in Earth science as the director of NASA's Earth Sciences Division for more than 12 years, before retiring in February 2019. Owing to Dr Freilich's outstanding contribution in advancing the mission, and Earth science worldwide, the satellite will now be named Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, which became official at a renaming ceremony held in Washington today.
ESA's Director of Earth Observation Programmes Josef Aschbacher, who attended the ceremony, comments, "This mission demonstrates what NASA and the European Space Agency can achieve as equal partners in such a large space project.
"Our suggestion to rename the satellite to ‘Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich' is an expression of how thankful we are to Mike. Without him, this mission as it is today would not have been possible."