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Arctic Melt Ponds
2014-08-05 03:00:50

Kate Ramsayer, NASA's Earth Science News Team Even from 65,000 feet above Earth, aquamarine melt ponds in the Arctic stand out against the white sea ice and ice sheets. These ponds form every summer, as snow that built up on the ice melts, creating crystal clear pools. On July 16 and July 17, NASA’s ER-2 aircraft flew above Alaskan glaciers and to the North Pole, carrying an instrument called the Multiple Altimeter Beam Experimental Lidar, or MABEL. MABEL is a laser altimeter,...

Space Laser To Collect Earth Elevation Data During ICESat-2 Mission
2014-06-04 06:26:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The laser instrument component of NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) is currently being integrated and tested at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, US space agency officials announced on Tuesday. The instrument, which is known as the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS), will be used to measure the elevation of the planet’s surfaces, including forests, oceans and even ice...

NASA IceBridge Wraps Up Arctic Field Campaign
2014-05-29 03:43:26

By George Hale, NASA Starting With Sea Ice IceBridge's campaign began on Mar. 10 when NASA's P-3 research aircraft left Wallops for Thule. For the first part of the campaign, researchers studied Arctic sea ice from Thule and Fairbanks, Alaska. Early in each campaign IceBridge spends a week in Alaska to survey sea ice north of Alaska. In addition, researchers study sea ice conditions across the entire Arctic Basin traveling from Thule to Fairbanks and back. IceBridge's sea ice...

NASA P-3 airplane
2014-03-13 05:43:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists working on NASA’s Operation IceBridge mission are en route to Greenland to kick off this year’s Arctic land and sea ice data collection efforts, officials from the US space agency announced on Wednesday. On Monday, the researchers departed from the Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia on board the agency’s P-3 research aircraft. They will be collecting and reporting valuable information on rapidly...

NASA's New Laser Technology Tracks Arctic Ice With Precision
2014-01-29 06:52:00

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Flying over Greenland and the Arctic Ocean in April 2012, a high-altitude aircraft completed the first polar test of a new laser-based technology designed to measure the height of Earth from space. That instrument was the Multiple Altimeter Beam Experiment Lidar (MABEL), an airborne test bed instrument designed for NASA's ICESat-2 mission, which is slated for launch in 2017. MABEL has returned new results demonstrating that a...

NASA Airborne Campaign To Measure Summer Melt Of Greenland Ice Sheet
2013-10-31 12:14:26

[ Watch The Video: 5 Questions About LVIS & IceBridge ] NASA For the first time, a NASA airborne campaign will measure changes in the height of the Greenland Ice Sheet and surrounding Arctic sea ice produced by a single season of summer melt. NASA's C-130 research aircraft flew from the Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., to Greenland on Wednesday where they will conduct survey flights to collect data that will improve our understanding of seasonal melt and...

NASA Operation IceBridge 2013 Getting Ready For New Season
2013-03-21 19:01:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA has kickstarted another season of science flights over Greenland to perform research activity with Arctic ice sheets and sea ice. Operation IceBridge scientists will be flying a specially equipped P-3B research aircraft from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to carry out land and sea ice surveys in and around Greenland and the Arctic Ocean through early May. NASA started the Operation IceBridge campaign in 2009...


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