The long life of the Delta II started on Valentine's Day in 1989, when it launched for the first time carrying the first operational Global Positioning System satellite into orbit.
The Delta II's second stage AJ10-118K engine reignited for 6 seconds about 47 minutes into the mission before deploying ICESat-2 into orbit.
Known as laser altimetry, ATLAS is a rather exceptional example of LIDAR's space-based utility and has been created to reliably measure ice-sheet elevation changes of as little as 4mm per year, despite the fact that it will orbit 500 km (310 mi) above Earth's surface at a velocity of 7.8 km/s (4.9 mi/s).
ICESat-2 boasts a fearsome pair of lasers (the second is a backup), which will fire at a rate of 10,000 times per second.
The launch is a follow up to a satellite that was launched in 2003 and operated until 2009, the AP reported.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, the goal of the ICESat-2 mission, short for Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2, is to keep track of Earth's thinning ice sheets and document the changes in the planet's cryosphere - all of the frozen water that makes up sea, lake, and river ice, as well as the snow cover and the planet's glaciers and ice caps.
"If you think about that, the Delta 2 vehicle has touched the lives of probably every single person in America in the technology it has enabled over its 30 years", said Scott Messer, manager of NASA programs for United Launch Alliance. NASA hopes that this data will help scientists better forecast the rise of the sea level, as well as provide a better understanding of climate change and its effects. The sensor stops the "stopwatch" and measures the photons' travel time to within 1-billionth of a second.
This weekend, NASA is planning to launch a spacecraft that will use half a dozen bright-green laser beams to measure seasonal and annual changes to Earth's icy poles.
Engineers building and testing the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) for the ICESat-2 mission at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
ICESat-2 will orbit Earth's poles, allowing ATLAS to cover the entire planet as it rotates below. Every 91 days - 1,387 orbits - ICESat-2 will return to its starting point and begin repeating its initial observations.
While OPEC production has increased since then, Saudi Arabia has added less crude than it initially indicated. The sanctions would include targeting Iran's automotive sector, trade in gold, and other key metals.
The South Korean's two career LPGA wins are more than the other three combined, though Martin won the 2014 Women's British Open. The world No. 21 birdied her final two holes for a first-round 65 at a course where she feels "at home".
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His administration is also seeking to boost methane emissions and roll back California's strict vehicle emissions standards. The summit came with 2018 on pace to be the fourth hottest year on record globally.
That means beaming photos and home videos to your TV without needing to worry about a clunky app or third-party service. It will also have AI features and assistive functionality that is now offered by the Amazon Echo and the Google Home .
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The company a subsidiary of NiSource , a utility company that serves more than three million customers in seven states. The governor and Columbia Gas of MA president Steve Bryant have quibbled over the utility's level of preparedness.
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It was found in a punnet of Mal's Black Label strawberries - which is based in Gingin, 70km north of Perth . Young advised residents that all strawberries, regardless of brand, should be cut before they're eaten.
One diplomatic source said, "The government has not compensated businesses that struggled after USA sanctions against Iran". Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Friday.
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