Good news, everyone!
- Tour the facility where the laser instrument on NASA’s ICESat-2 satellite – called ATLAS, for Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System – is undergoing testing before its 2018 launch
- See the Global Ecosystem and Dynamics Investigation (GEDI – pronounced “Jedi”) instrument as it is being built. GEDI launches in 2019 to the International Space Station, where it will obtain NASA’s first high-resolution laser ranging observations of the 3D structure of Earth.
- Learn how all different types of NASA engineers and scientists use lasers for everything from studying the Earth, to space communications, to guiding robotic servicing missions.
- Experience one of NASA’s current communications networks in 360 degrees using virtual reality glasses and see a demonstration of laser communications technology. Participants will learn about how NASA plans to use lasers to communicate with spacecraft in the future.
- Visit Goddard’s laser ranging facility at night to see a ground laser measure the paths of Earth-orbiting satellites, supporting both Earth science and missions.
Image by NASA, of the James Web Space Telescope, which we won’t be seeing.