The NASA GEDI laser instrument successfully launched aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday, December 5th. The GEDI lidar instrument is on its way to the International Space Station. Once installed, GEDI will circle the Earth at 17,150 miles per hour, emitting laser pulses that penetrate forest canopies and provide 3D images of vegetation structure. GEDI will provide the first landscape scale 3D look at the world’s temperate and tropical forests.
Read more about GEDI here.