In 1964 NASA sponsored an “Oceanography From Space” symposium at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Scientists exchanged ideas about the possibilities of an entirely new way of conducting ocean research. Next, NASA provided funding to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to assess how the new techniques could improve oceanographic studies. Several academic institutions were awarded ONR money to begin work with the space agency by using its research-aircraft platforms.
Oceans - The Big Picture: Studying the Oceans from Space
By Don Walsh