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Last Delta II successfully launches ICESat-2 from Vandenberg

Last Delta II successfully launches ICESat-2 from Vandenberg

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Sept. 15 (UPI) -- NASA's newest ice-measuring satellite was launched into orbit around Earth's poles on Saturday morning aboard the last flight of United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. ICESat-2 was carried into space at 6:02 a.m. PDT from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, NASA said. The scheduled time was 5:46 a.m. but it had a 40-minute launch window. The spacecraft deployed its four solar panels and is drawing power, meaning it successfully went into orbit. It is orbiting the globe, pole to pole, at 17,069 mph from an average altitude of 290 miles. Ground stations in Svalbard, Norway, acquired signals from the spacecraft. The official name is NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2. ICESat-2's only instrument is a laser system designed to measure the height of Earth's ...