ESA Launches Polar Ice, Snow Gauging Mission

Artist's concept of Cristal.
Credit: Airbus
LYON, France–The European Space Agency (ESA) this week awarded a €300 million ($350 million) contract to Airbus for the development of the Copernicus polar ice and snow topography (Cristal) mission. Two satellites will gather data on sea ice thickness and ice sheet elevation. They will also measure...

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