Earth  ID: 4848

ICESat-2 Ground Track

ICESat-2 (short for Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite -2), launched Sept. 15, 2018, uses lasers and a very precise detection instrument to measure the elevation of Earth’s surface. ICESat-2 is in a polar orbit which provides high coverage near the poles where ice elevations are changing relatively quickly. This visualization shows one complete orbit ground track.

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Visualization Credits

Kel Elkins (USRA): Lead Visualizer
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems, Inc.): Technical Support
Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA): Lead Producer
Kaitlin Harbeck (SGT): Scientist
Thomas A. Neumann (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Nathan T. Kurtz (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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Data Used:
ICESat-2/STK Ephemeris
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