Photos: Final Delta 2 launch shines before dawn in California
Leftover Delta 2 rocket to go on display at Kennedy Space Center
Early morning launch closes book on Delta 2 legacy spanning nearly 30 years
Engineers say goodbye to society-changing Delta 2 rocket
Live coverage: Final Delta 2 rocket launches from California
Scientists eager to renew global ice measurements with ICESat 2 mission
The satellite awaiting launch early Saturday from California aboard the final flight of the venerable Delta 2 rocket should allow scientists to more precisely track changes in our planet’s ice sheets, using six green laser beams to chart the height and slope of polar ice and glaciers, providing a key input into climate change research.