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

What's New?

Ross? Frosty? Penelope? ICESat-2's penguin mascot needs a name! Help us choose one and give the little blue bird a backstory as well. Details here.

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Applications Announcements

Joint Vegetation Tutorial with Landsat 8, May 7-8, 2014. Read more here.

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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.

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We passed!

Feb. 18, 2014:
Congratulations to the ICESat-2 team for passing its Mission Critical Design Review! Now, on to building and testing software and hardware for flight.

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

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