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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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Pew Pew Pew! Why Scientists Are Fired Up About Futuristic Space Lasers

Check out this Space.com article following our successful Space Lasers panel at Awesome Con, June 16, 2017.

When Cutting-Edge Science Meets Science Fiction, It Packs the House

Fans of sci-fi, fantasy and comics met the researchers and engineers who are bringing their stories to life. Read more

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.

 

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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ATLAS box structure checkout

Engineers check on the box structure section of the ATLAS instrument, with the optical bench — with telescope attached — in the foreground. ATLAS is the sole instrument on the ICESat-2 satellite, and will measure the height of Earth.

Launch Card

Launch in
2018

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Feature Articles

Did you know?

Did you know?

More Data

If it flew over a football field, the first ICESat would have taken a measurement outside each end zone; ICESat-2 would take measurements within each yard line.

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