ICESat-2 - Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite

ICESat-2 - Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite

ICESat-2 Mission Phases

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Space Lasers

Space Lasers

ICESat-2's laser is split into six beams, to better measure Earth's surface.  Find out more here.

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ICESat-2's beryllium telescope during assembly

An engineer attaches components to ICESat-2's beryllium telescope, before it is attached to the satellite's ATLAS instrument.

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2018

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Did you know?

The Cyrosphere is the Earth's frozen region

The cryosphere includes sea ice, ice sheets on Greenland and Antarctica, glaciers, permafrost and more.

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