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

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

ICESat-2 Mission Phases

ICESat-2 Mission Phases

01/01/2000 to 05/04/2014

ATLAS Instrument and Spacecraft Development

05/01/2014 to 07/04/2016

Integration and Testing

10/01/2016 to 11/01/2016

Pre-Launch

11/01/2017 to 11/30/2017

Launch

12/01/2017 to 02/01/2018

Check-Out

02/02/2018 to 02/01/2021

Orbit and data collection

Laser Focus

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John Sonntag says every element of his job as a cryosphere scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, excites him.  

Kelly Brunt - Commuting to the World's Coldest Job

Studying the cryosphere sometimes requires glaciologist Kelly Brunt to get out of the lab and onto icy terrain.

 

How NASA measures the death of a glacier from space

Only 25 glaciers remain inside Glacier National Park — down from 150 in the mid-19th century — and scientists estimate that these peaceful giants that sculpt the homes of grizzly bears and wildflowers will be gone by 2050.

Space Lasers

Space Lasers

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

Multimedia

ATLAS box structure

The box structure of the ATLAS instrument takes shape in the cleanroom at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, as engineers carefully connect and attach different electrical components and fiber optics.

Launch Card

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2018

Feature Articles

Feature Articles

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Polar Opposites

The North Pole is frozen sea ice surrounded by land.
The South Pole is ice-covered land, surrounded by ocean.

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