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2014-03-12 12:20:43

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers aboard NASA's P-3 research aircraft left the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., March 10 for Greenland to begin a new season of collecting data on Arctic land and sea ice. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The mission, known as Operation IceBridge, is to gather data on changes to polar ice and maintain continuity of measurements between NASA's Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation...

NASA Study Points To Infrared-Herring As Cause Of Apparent Amazon Green-Up
2014-02-07 10:42:54

Kathryn Hansen, NASA For the past eight years, scientists have been working to make sense of why some satellite data seemed to show the Amazon rainforest "greening-up" during the region's dry season each year from June to October. The green-up indicated productive, thriving vegetation in spite of limited rainfall. Now, a new NASA study published today in the journal Nature shows that the appearance of canopy greening is not caused by a biophysical change in Amazon forests, but instead...

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...

2013-11-22 16:21:35

GREENBELT, Md., Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, representatives from the State of Maryland and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center will sign an agreement to pave the way in attracting high tech companies to Maryland that will be key in enabling both future missions of NASA and the economic future of Maryland. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Participants in the signing event will include Senator Barbara Mikulski,...

Operation IceBridge 2013 Campaign Begins At McMurdo Station
2013-11-17 05:02:11

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The arrival of NASA scientists and aircraft at McMurdo Station in Antarctica on Saturday marks the beginning of the 2013 Operation IceBridge field campaign in that region, the US space agency has announced. As part of the mission, daily survey flights will take place through November 26 on a NASA P-3 research aircraft departing from a base of operations at the National Science Foundation (NSF) facility. Researchers traveling on...

2013-11-16 12:20:03

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Operation IceBridge has begun its 2013 Antarctic field campaign with the arrival of the agency's aircraft and scientists at the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station in Antarctica. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The IceBridge mission will conduct daily survey flights through Nov. 26 on a NASA P-3 research aircraft from a base of operations at McMurdo Station. The P-3 usually is based...

2013-10-31 12:22:01

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA's C-130 research aircraft flew from the Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., to Greenland Wednesday where they will conduct survey flights to collect data that will improve...

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...

2013-10-25 16:20:30

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will host a live Google+ Hangout news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. EDT about Operation IceBridge's upcoming airborne field campaign in Antarctica. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This is the first year IceBridge will operate directly from Antarctica, flying from McMurdo Station starting in mid-November instead of from southern Chile. This change will allow IceBridge researchers to...

CATS Eye View Of Pollution, Aerosols And Clouds
2013-07-24 13:43:00

NASA Quick looks by a special CATS-eye attached to the International Space Station will help scientists catalog and track particles in Earth's atmosphere and act as a pathfinder for a new satellite planned for 2021. "We're going to do operational Earth science that's new, looking at aerosols, pollution and clouds and real-time inputs to global climate models," said Matthew McGill, principal investigator for the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center...