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The Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) is the 2nd-generation of the orbiting laser altimeter ICESat.

MABEL: Welcome to Fairbanks!

The ER-2 Team, along with NASA scientists, engineers, and others, are here in Fairbanks to fly a laser altimeter - MABEL - over melting summer sea ice, glaciers, and more. Follow their adventures here.

MABEL Image Credit: NASA/Carla Thomas

See how NASA Builds a Space Laser!

To build a satellite that will measure all the bumps and dips of our dynamic Earth, engineers started with a black box. Learn how ICESat-2's ATLAS instrument is being built here.

ATLAS Image Credit: NASA/
Kate Ramsayer


The 2015 ICESat-2 Hexacopter Engineering Challenge

Compete against other college and university students from around the United States in the first-ever competition to be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The competition is limited to 30 teams. Read more about the competition and submit your team application TODAY! Read more here.

Hexacopter Flyer Click image to enlarge flyer

Penguin Naming Contest

Stay tuned to the ICESat-2 website to find out what the winning name of the ICESat-2 penguin will be. Results coming soon!

ICESat-2 penguin

Applications Announcements

Sea Ice Focus Session, August 18-19, 2014. Read more here.

ICESat-2 patch

Check-out our New Videos!

ICESat-2 scan pattern (click to start) (full)
Credit: NASA/GSFC Conceptual Image Lab

NASA Reel Science 2014 Winner

Latest satellite image (Click to enlarge)
ICESat-2 image

Credits: Satellite image courtesy of Orbital
Earth image illustrating AMSR-E sea ice courtesy of the NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

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