NASA blasts off space laser satellite to track ice loss

Since 2003, NASA has been monitoring the height of Earth’s ice with lasers. This undertaking began with a satellite — the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) — which ran through 2009. Operation IceBridge has used planes to monitor specific vulnerable ice sheets in the years since. Now, the project continues with ICESat-2, which launches September 15 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Bearing one of the most sophisticated elevation-monitoring lasers ever made, ICES

NASA blasts off space laser satellite to track ice loss

NASA's most advanced space laser satellite blasted off Saturday on a mission to track ice loss around the world and improve forecasts of sea level rise as the climate warms.

Sat 15 Sep 18 from

NASA counts down to launch of laser study of ice sheets

NASA counted down Saturday to the launch of its $1 billion ICESat-2 mission, using advanced lasers to uncover the true depth of the melting of Earth's ice sheets.

Sat 15 Sep 18 from

NASA Launches ICESat-2 Spacecraft to Study Ice Melt

Fri 14 Sep 18 from Discover Magazine

ICESat: Space laser to get unprecedented view of Earth's ice

The US space agency is due to launch a laser to assess the impact of climate change on the poles.

Fri 14 Sep 18 from BBC News

NASA space laser targets melting poles

Thu 13 Sep 18 from Science Now

NASA space lasers to reveal new depths of planet's ice loss

NASA is poised to launch Saturday its most advanced space laser ever, ICESat-2, a $1 billion dollar mission to reveal the depths of the Earth's melting ice as the climate warms.

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The Delta II rocket came, it saw, and for a time it conquered

No other US rocket has flown more successful missions.

Mon 17 Sep 18 from Ars Technica


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