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Europe's CryoSat Mission Gives Scientists Better Look At Earth's Ice
2012-12-21 14:14:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) ice mission is giving scientists a better look at oceans, coastal areas, inland water bodies and land. The orbiting CryoSat launched in 2010 and was developed to measure the changes in the thickness of polar sea ice, the elevation of ice sheets that blanket Greenland and Antarctica, and mountain glaciers. The satellite's radar altimeter not only detects tiny variations in the height of the...


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