Space Lasers

  • Released Thursday, October 13, 2011
  • Updated Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 12:35PM
  • ID: 10835

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Explore how lasers onboard satellites are used to map our planet and beyond.

NASA's Chris Smith explains how scientists put lasers to work to study Earth and the moon.

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Individual laser measurements are combined to create detailed topographical maps of the moon's craters.

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Lasers onboard ICESat charted the elevation of Antarctica's vast ice sheets.

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Lidars pulse dozens of times per second toward the surface to measure topography or what's in the atmosphere.


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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