Cryosat-2 satellite

Cryosat-2 satellite

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Credit: EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY,S. Corvaja/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: CryoSat-2 satellite. European Space Agency's CryoSat-2 satellite undergoing testing at the IABG (Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH) in Ottobrunn, Germany. Cryosat-2 is intended to measure, and then monitor, changes in the thickness of marine ice floating in the polar oceans and variations in the thickness of the vast ice sheets that overlie Greenland and Antarctica, in an effort to determine the effects of global warming. It was launched on 8th April 2010 to replace the original CryoSat, which crashed due to a launch failure in October 2005. Photographed in September 2009

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