Scientists soon will be able to access unprecedented data on sea and land ice, which is expected to be invaluable for the study of seasonal weather and climate change, following the launch of Europe’s CryoSat-2 last week. The €75-million ($100-million) spacecraft, built by EADS Astrium, lifted off on board a Dnepr booster from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:37 p.m. Central European Time on April 8. It was placed into a polar orbit at an inclination of 92 deg., where it will ...

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