NASA Airborne Science Campaign Begins Antarctic Sequel25/10/2010
|Scientists returned this week to the Southern Hemisphere where NASA's Operation IceBridge mission is set to begin its second year of airborne surveys over Antarctica. The mission monitors the region's changing sea ice, ice sheets and glaciers. Researchers will make flights from Punta Arenas, Chile, on NASA's DC-8, a 157-foot airborne laboratory equipped with a suite of seven instruments. The focus is to re-survey areas that are undergoing rapid change and to embark on new lines of investigation.|
Michael Studinger, IceBridge project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, USA, is excited to learn how the glaciers and sea ice have changed since last year's campaign. "We also are going to be mapping uncharted regions that will allow us to better assess future behavior of the Antarctic ice sheets and sea ice."
IceBridge science flights were scheduled to continue through mid-November. Flights will take off from Punta Arenas and cross the Southern Ocean to reach destinations including West Antarctica, the Antarctic Peninsula and coastal areas. Each flight lasts about eleven hours.
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