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Final countdown underway in Santa Barbara County for launch of satellite to survey planet's water

The SWOT satellite will be used to survey surface water covering 90% of the planet.

SWOT satellite set to perform what's being called first global survey of Earth's surface water.

Scientists are excited about a groundbreaking space mission set to kick off from the Central Coast later this week. It’s one which could give us important new information about the Earth’s water.

The Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite will be used by American and French researchers to do what’s being called the first global survey of Earth’s surface water supply. The goal is to survey about 90% of the earth’s surface.

The SWOT satellite will be launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set to lift the craft into orbit at 3:46 Thursday morning.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.