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Sea Anemones In Antarctica Find A Home On The Ice
2014-01-17 07:46:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of scientists and engineers with the Antarctic Geological Drilling (ANDRILL) Program used a camera-equipped robot to explore beneath the Ross Ice Shelf off Antarctica, making an astonishing discovery. The team found many thousands of small sea anemones that were burrowed into the underside of the ice shelf with their tentacles protruding into frigid water like flowers on a ceiling. "The pictures blew my mind," said...

NASA Pilots Train In P-3 Aircraft Simulator For Antarctic Flying
2013-12-12 11:12:10

NASA Pilots and flight engineers with NASA's Operation IceBridge traveled to Jacksonville, Fla., to prepare for the mission's recently concluded Antarctic campaign. There the flight crews spent time training in a P-3 aircraft simulator at the U.S. Navy base Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Each year, NASA pilots are required to train in a simulator and demonstrate proficiency in an actual aircraft, a process known as a check ride. Though this is only required once annually, many pilots...

IceBridge P-3 Lands Safely At McMurdo
2013-11-26 11:33:48

[ Watch The Video: First Landing: IceBridge P-3 on the Sea Ice Runway ] NASA Making the current NASA Operation IceBridge campaign – the first to ever operate directly from Antarctica – a reality took a year and a half of planning and coordination, finishing with weeks of intense work both at home and in Antarctica. Before anything at all could happen, the mission's science team had to come up with science flight plans. And mission planners worked closely with the National...

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...

Venue Change For NASA's IceBridge Antarctic Operations
2013-08-20 15:03:14

NASA This fall, NASA's Operation IceBridge will base its annual Antarctic campaign out of Antarctica's McMurdo Station, a change from the mission's previous four campaigns that were based in Punta Arenas, Chile. By switching bases of operations, IceBridge will be able to expand its reach by measuring parts of Antarctica previously unavailable to the mission. "Antarctica is a big place and there are many science targets for us to hit," said Tom Wagner, cryosphere program scientist at...

Search Team Confirms Three Canadians Killed After Plane Goes Down In Antarctic Mountains
2013-01-29 06:42:54

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Three Canadians who were reported missing last Wednesday after an emergency beacon on their plane started transmitting over Queen Alexandra Mountains in Antarctica, have been confirmed dead by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Monday. Officials with the US Antarctic Program (USAP) and Antarctica New Zealand called off their search-and-rescue efforts on Monday, saying the crash wreckage was in a perilous position on a steep...

Three Canadians Believed To Have Crashed In Antarctic Mountains, Rescue Delayed Due To Bad Weather
2013-01-24 08:21:55

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Three Canadians who were aboard a small plane flying over the Antarctic are presumably missing after an emergency locator started transmitting a signal Wednesday night. Matters were complicated when bad weather forced a search and rescue mission to go on hold. The flight was going from the US-operated McMurdo Station near the South Pole to Zucchelli Station, an Italian research base in Terra Nova Bay. The emergency locator began...

Global Warming Melting Vital Antarctic Airstrip
2012-10-25 14:23:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The future of Australia´s once highly touted Wilkins airstrip, built to link the country with its research stations in Antarctica, is in jeopardy as warmer temperatures have caused the $46-million runway carved from glacial ice to soften and melt. The Australian government announced on Wednesday that it was looking at both temporary and permanent alternatives for supplying its research stations on the frozen continent. "There...

Acidification Recorder Recovered From Antarctic Waters
2012-10-19 11:32:26

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A National Science Foundation (NSF) supported research team retrieved data from a sensor in Antarctic waters that they hope will provide critical baseline data for the acidification, or chemical changes, in those remote seas. Led by Gretchen Hofmann — professor of ecology, evolution and marine biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) — the all female team retrieved the sensor earlier this month...