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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - ICESat -
Full Name Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite Status Mission complete
Mission Agencies NASA Launch Date 12 Jan 2003
Mission Links mission site EOL Date 14 Aug 2010
EO Portal Info
Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period 97 minutes
Orbit Sense N/A Orbit Inclination 94 deg
Orbit Altitude 600 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle 183 days
Objectives and Applications 3-year nominal mission life, currently in extended operations. Monitors mass balance of polar ice sheets and their contribution to global sea level change. Secondary goals: cloud heights and vertical structure of clouds/aerosols; roughness, reflectivity, vegetation heights, snow-cover.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereAerosols GLAS
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperature GLAS
Cloud particle properties and profile GLAS
LandLandscape topography GLAS
Snow & IceIce sheet topography GLAS
Sea ice cover, edge and thickness GLAS
Mission Instruments
GLAS - Geoscience Laser Altimeter System
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