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Satellite Launch


April 8, 2010 — The European Space Agency launched a satellite to map out the Earth's ice fields and thickness.

On Thursday, the European Space Agency launched a satellite to map out the Earth's ice fields over the north and south poles.

The satellite was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The mission of CryoSat -2 is to measure the changes in the icesheets covering land and water. Similar missions have been completed over the years to gain a better understanding of climate change, but now scientists are investigating how the thickness of the ice is changing.

There's hope that this 3 year mission will help to predict any future patterns.

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