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United Launch Alliance launched the last Delta II rocket this morning from Vandenberg AFB in California. As with many of the Delta II launches over the past 30 years, the payload was a science spacecraft: the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite or ICESat-2. In is polar orbit, the spacecraft will
use lasers and a very precise detection instrument to measure the elevation of Earth’s surface. By timing how long it takes laser beams to travel from the satellite to Earth and back, scientists can calculate the height of glaciers, sea ice, forests, lakes and more – including the changing ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica.
Reports on the launch and the ICE mission: