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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...

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'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...

Airborne Radar Looks Through Thick Ice During NASA Polar Campaigns
2013-12-03 15:23:42

NASA The bedrock hidden beneath the thick ice sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica has intrigued researchers for years. Scientists are interested in how the shape of this hidden terrain affects how ice moves -- a key factor in making predictions about the future of these massive ice reservoirs and their contribution to sea level rise in a changing climate. NASA has been monitoring Antarctic and Arctic ice since 2009 with the Operation IceBridge airborne mission. Although the primary...

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...

2013-08-29 16:20:18

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Data from a NASA airborne science mission reveals evidence of a large and previously unknown canyon hidden under a mile of Greenland ice. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The canyon has the characteristics of a winding river channel and is at least 460 miles (750 kilometers) long, making it longer than the Grand Canyon. In some places, it is as deep as 2,600 feet (800 meters), on scale with segments of...