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<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">A satellite designed to demonstrate the feasibility of global ocean monitoring from space.</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">After a successful launch on 28 June 1978, ''Seasat'' produced promising results, but the mission  was terminated after only three months following a failure in the satellite's electrical system. Instrumentation  flown on ''Seasat'' included a [[radar altimeter]], a microwave [[scatterometer]] for measuring  surface [[wind speed]] and [[direction]], a [[scanning]] multichannel microwave [[radiometer]] for  [[sea surface temperature]], a visible and [[infrared]] radiometer, and the first spaceborne [[synthetic  aperture radar]].</div><br/> </div>
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<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">A satellite designed to demonstrate the feasibility of global ocean monitoring from space.</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">After a successful launch on 28 June 1978, ''Seasat'' produced promising results, but the mission  was terminated after only three months following a failure in the satellite's electrical system. Instrumentation  flown on ''Seasat'' included a [[radar altimeter]], a microwave [[scatterometer]] for measuring  surface [[wind speed]] and [[wind direction|direction]], a [[scanning]] multichannel microwave [[radiometer]] for  [[sea surface temperature]], a visible and [[infrared]] radiometer, and the first spaceborne [[synthetic aperture radar|synthetic  aperture radar]].</div><br/> </div>
 
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Seasat

A satellite designed to demonstrate the feasibility of global ocean monitoring from space.

After a successful launch on 28 June 1978, Seasat produced promising results, but the mission was terminated after only three months following a failure in the satellite's electrical system. Instrumentation flown on Seasat included a radar altimeter, a microwave scatterometer for measuring surface wind speed and direction, a scanning multichannel microwave radiometer for sea surface temperature, a visible and infrared radiometer, and the first spaceborne synthetic aperture radar.