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NASA's ER-2 Completes MABEL Validation Deployment
2012-05-02 04:00:07

NASA's high-flying ER-2 Airborne Science aircraft has concluded its four-week deployment to validate data acquired by the Multiple Altimeter Beam Experiment Lidar (MABEL) laser altimeter over the Greenland ice cap and surrounding sea ice fields. After an almost 10 and one-half hour transit flight from its deployment base in Keflavik, Iceland, NASA ER-2 pilot Stu Broce landed ER-2 806 April 27 at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif. The lengthy...

Image 1 - Warm Ocean Currents Cause Ice Loss In Antarctica
2012-04-26 04:55:01

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com [ Watch the Video ] An international team of scientists reported in the journal Nature on Thursday that warm ocean currents are the culprit behind recent ice loss in Antarctica. The team, lead by British Antarctic Survey, used 4.5 million measurements made by a laser instrument mounted on NASA's ICESat satellite to map the changing thickness of Antarctica's floating ice shelves. Of the 54 ice shelves they mapped, they revealed that 20 are melting...

Image 1 - NASA ER-2 Arrives In Iceland For MABEL Validation
2012-04-05 03:23:56

After an all-night flight from its home base in Palmdale, Calif., a NASA ER-2 high-altitude environmental science aircraft arrived in Keflavik, Iceland late Monday morning to begin a series of flights over the next five weeks that are intended to validate the accuracy of a new laser altimeter named MABEL. The long-winged ER-2, flown by NASA research pilot Tim Williams, departed its base at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility adjacent to Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale shortly after 7...

Image 1 - 2012 IceBridge Arctic Campaign Takes Off
2012-03-18 06:03:38

Researchers and flight crew with NASA's Operation IceBridge, an airborne mission to study changes in polar ice, began another season of science activity with the start of the 2012 Arctic campaign on March 13. From mid-March through mid-May, a modified P-3 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., will conduct daily missions out of Thule and Kangerlussuaq, Greenland –with one flight to Fairbanks, Alaska and back–to measure sea and land ice. The campaign will also...

Image 1 - NASA Map Sees Earth's Trees In A New Light
2012-02-20 09:30:41

A NASA-led science team has created an accurate, high-resolution map of the height of Earth's forests. The map will help scientists better understand the role forests play in climate change and how their heights influence wildlife habitats within them, while also helping them quantify the carbon stored in Earth's vegetation. Scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.; the University of Maryland, College Park; and Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, Mass., created...

NASA Science Aircraft To Travel The Globe In 2012
2012-02-14 04:49:51

With missions scheduled throughout the year, 2012 is shaping up to be an extraordinary time for NASA´s Airborne Science Program and Earth system science research. Multiple aircraft and specialized instruments will operate in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America this year in support of studies conducted by NASA and the Earth science community, improving scientists' understanding of our planet. The program maintains a fleet of highly modified aircraft and specialized...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.