NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, a mission to measure the changing height of Earth’s ice, is scheduled to launch Saturday, Sept. 15, with a 40-minute window opening at 5:46 a.m. PDT (8:46 a.m. EDT).
The spacecraft will lift off from Space Launch Complex 2 (SLC-2) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on the final launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. The U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing weather officer reported they are predicting a 100 percent chance of favorable weather on launch day.
Be sure to follow along during the live coverage events below.
NASA EDGE Tower Rollback Show, Friday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT)
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- Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington
- Doug McLennan, ICESat-2 project manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- Kelly Brunt, ICESat-2 science team member, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- Rex Engelhardt, mission manager, NASA’s Launch Services Program
- Mic Woltman, chief, Fleet Systems Integration Branch, NASA’s Launch Services Program
- Tim Dunn, launch director, NASA Kennedy Space Center
- Tom Neumann, ICESat-2 deputy project scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- Donya Douglas-Bradshaw, ATLAS instrument project manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- Dana VanDersaral, mission assurance team, United Launch Alliance
Live Launch Coverage, Saturday, Sept. 15, 5:10 a.m. PDT (8:10 a.m. EDT)
Join us for updates from the countdown, here on the blog and on NASA TV.