Cryosat-2 satellite launch, artwork

Cryosat-2 satellite launch, artwork

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

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Caption: CryoSat-2 satellite launch. Launch of the rocket carrying the European Space Agency's CryoSat-2 satellite. Cryosat-2 was launched on 8th April 2010 to replace the original CryoSat, which crashed due to a launch failure in October 2005. The satellite 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. Photographed in Kazakhstan, on 8th April 2010.

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