Mission for Mitchell


  • Michael Carlowicz


In honor of a life of pioneering efforts to use satellite altimetry for geophysical studies, the U.S. Navy announced on December 16, 1996, that it will dedicate its next satellite altimeter—the follow-on to Geosat—to deceased AGU member Jimmy Mitchell. The announcement was made during a special session dedicated to Mitchell's research at the AGU Fall Meeting.

Mitchell first won renown at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the 1970s and 1980s while conducting research associated with Voyager missions. But it was his work in later years at the Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, that led the Navy to honor him with the satellite.