Cryosphere | Episode 8: The Launch

  • Released Thursday, December 13th, 2018
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:46PM
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Music: "Ideas for Tomorrow," Laurent Dury [SACEM]; "Swish," Charles Stephens III [ASCAP], Stephan Sechi [ASCAP]; "Suburban Waltz," Christopher Mark Salt [PRS], Philip Guyler [PRS]; "Buoys," Donn Wilkerson [BMI]; "Late Night Drive," Donn Wilkerson [BMI]; "The BBQ," Alexander Hitchens [BMI], Wally Gagel [ASCAP], Xandy Barry [ASCAP]; "A Pizzicato Piece," Andrew Michael Britton [PRS], David Stephen Goldsmith [PRS]

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Additional footage provided by Tom Neumann, United Launch Alliance, Kennedy Space Center, NASA Earth Observatory, Dr. Justin Beckers & Dr. Christian Haas and

It’s 5 a.m. on a normal September day and #NASAExplorers have gathered in a California field to watch a rocket launch light up the pre-dawn sky. On board the rocket is a satellite more than 10 years in the making, with one single instrument that will revolutionize the study of ice on Earth. Join the team in the excitement and stress of watching ICESat-2 launch into space and begin its work measuring our home planet.


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center