NASA's Mission Using Space Lasers Launches Soon Interview NASA Scientists About Groundbreaking Mission
NASA’s newest satellite launching soon will use an extremely precise laser, split into six beams, to track Earth’s shrinking polar ice. The Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, known as ICESat-2, will shed light on how much the vast ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctica grow and shrink each year — improving our understanding of sea level rise and its impact around the globe.
ICESat-2 is slated to launch to space on September 15 aboard a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Join NASA scientists — days before launch — from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 7 to learn about ICESat-2’s fast firing lasers that will send 10,000 pulses per second as it orbits the globe.