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ICESat-2 and Its Contribution in Understanding Climate Change
07 January 2020
Satellite launching - especially those that are observing Earth - is not exactly news unless of course, the satellites are from private companies like SpaceX or Boeing so when NASA's observation satellite ICESat-2 was launched last September 2018, it was regarded as just another day at work. After all, there will be not much of a significant discovery on Earth since we know so much about it already, right? Wrong.
ICESat-2 was designed to constantly measure glaciers, ice sheets, oceans, the sea ice, and tree canopies on Earth while orbiting the planet at 15,660 miles per hour. It seems nothing out of the ordinary, at first but ICESat-2 was able to look at the shallow waters of the shoreline in North America and was able to enrich data on the world's icy regions or cryosphere.
Source: The Science Times
Image credit: NASA/Goddard - The remote-sensing satellite was launched a couple of years ago and it continues to provide relevant information on the world's topography in the height of climate change.