ICESat-2 Successfully Launches to Track Earth's Changing Ice

NASA’s ICESat-2 spacecraft successfully launched on the final flight of the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, lifting off from Space Launch Complex-2 at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:02 a.m. PDT (9:02 a.m. EDT) on September 15, 2018. Using its only onboard instrument, the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS), ICESat-2 will document changes in the Earth’s polar ice and improve forecasts of sea level rise.

  • Read more about the launch here.