New Satellite lasers to track changes in polar ice
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NASA is all set to launch the $1 billion ICESat-2 satellite which is from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It will get settled into the orbit which is about 310 miles above the Earth. The satellite will be starting to collect the data which will be using a specially designed laser device which will give the scientists more data that is exactly about the ice that is melting very fast.

This new NASA satellite will be scanning the Earth’s surface with the help of 6 green laser beams. This will help in measuring the glaciers as well as floating of sea ice. The measurements of the ice thickness and mass, as said by the NASA scientists who will get to handle the effects of the climate change in the more accurate way. The scientists said that they are now trying to understand about the process as well as the drives that ar4e behind the change so that they can be then able to have a good forecast of the rise in sea level, as said by Tom Wagner, who is cryosphere program scientist at NASA headquarters in Washington.

The same lasers will be able to measure the height of the forests, jungles, as well as other landforms as the spacecraft, will be circling the globe from pole to pole. The data will be fed into estimates about the existence of carbon in this world’s temperature zones.

The new $1 billion ICESat-2 satellite will be traveling to abroad in Delta 2 rocket. This will take engineers more than the decade to design as well as build. The main problem is to make the lasers work properly as well as in an aligned form to get the accurate information. It will also be using a GPS unit which will be equipped with the camera.


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