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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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Measuring the Ice

ICESat-2 will measure the height of ice and its features, such as this glacial melt pond photographed July 16, 2014, over Alaska.

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Launch in
2018

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Did you know?

Did you know?

A handful return home

The ICESat-2 laser will pulse 10,000 times a second; each pulse will release about 20 trillion photons. Only about a dozen photons hit Earth’s surface and return to the satellite.

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