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TOPEX/Poseidon was a NASA/CNES Earth observations satellite that operated from 1992 to 2006. It was designed to provide the first global topographical coverage of the Earth's oceans, and to determine the patterns of ocean circulation. After one of its momentum wheels malfunctioned, it was turned off and remained derelict in orbit ever since. Its capabilities were continued by the Jason satellite series

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