It has been said that the Global scientists who are about to get the most accurate as well as it sober to look at the rate of the melting of ice sheets, glaciers as well as sea ice which is said to be the launch of NASA satellite boasting which is powerful new laser technology.
It has been seen that Earth’s frozen regions which are collectively known as the Cryosphere which is melting of ice that causes the rise in sea level. This threatens the Pacific Islands as well as major coastal cities which are around the world.
In the weekend, NASA has launched a new satellite which will help the scientists to monitor the rate of the planet’s melting ice in the mission which is described as exceptionally important for the science. This mission which is known as ICESat-2 has been launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Saturday local time which has carried a single instrument. The name of the instrument is called as the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System or ATLAS.
This new device will get activated in about two weeks. After this, it is set to reveal the unprecedented detail which is about the current thickness of ice at the vulnerable polar regions as the climate warms. According to Thomas Zurbuchen, who is the associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate said that this mission has continued for humankind exploration of the remote polar regions which is for our planet as well as to advance the understanding of ongoing changes about the Earth’s ice cover at the poles. This will also affect the life that is present around the world and also in the future.
It has been said that NASA had got a tool in orbit to measure the ice sheet surface elevation which is spread across the globe. This first iteration of this project which was launched in the year 2003 and it has been operated till 2009.
This $1.3 billion satellite is said to be more powerful as well as they are the precise instrument which is more than its predecessor. This will be the new satellite which is having more powerful lasers that will get fire at about 10,000 times a second when it measures with the environment. The old ICES at satellite fired about 40 times a second and they take measurements at about every 100 meters apart.