The launch of NASA’s ICESAT-2 satellite and Final Delta II Rocket is coming up this September, and it brings all sorts of excitement.
NASA has extended an invitation to social media users to register to attend the launch of the agency’s Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, aboard United Launch Alliance’s Delta II rocket. The launch currently targeted for no earlier than Sept. 12, will see netizens travelling to Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, California. The social media accreditation for the ICESAT-2 launch opened on Friday, July 6 and the deadline to apply is June 22 at 11:59 PM EDT (9:29 AM IST).
NASA’s ICESAT-2 will measure the height of our home planet, with a focus on tracking changes to the ice sheets, glaciers and sea ice of Earth’s polar regions. The satellite’s novel laser instrument measures height by timing individual photons of light to the billionth of a second, which will allow scientists to precisely measure change, including the impacts of a warming climate.
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After registrations have been received and processed, an email with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to those selected. The attendees at NASA’s ICESat-2 Launch Social, Sept. 10-12 at Vandenberg, can be on the front line to post, blog, tweet, Instagram, snap on social media about ICEST-2’s mission to the space station. A maximum of 50 social media users will be selected to attend this event, and will be given access similar to news media.
ICESAT-2 satellite launches on ULA’s last Delta II rocket, which has previously carried NASA satellites and spacecraft including the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers, Landsat 7 and, in 2003, the original ICESat.