NASA'S Operation Icebridge Resumes Flights Over Antarctica

By: MrMixon , 8:39 PM GMT on October 12, 2012

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NASA'S Operation Icebridge Resumes Flights Over Antarctica

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WASHINGTON -- Scientists and flight crew members with Operation IceBridge, NASA's airborne mission to study Earth's changing polar ice, are beginning another campaign over Antarctica. Now in its fourth year, IceBridge's return to the Antarctic comes almost a year after the discovery of a large rift in the continent's Pine Island Glacier.

IceBridge will gather information on many different aspects of land and sea ice using a variety of scientific sensors onboard the DC-8. These instruments include a laser altimeter to measure surface elevation changes, various radar instruments for determining snow depth and ice thickness, a gravimeter that will gather data on the size and shape of water cavities under ice shelves, and a digital camera instrument that takes high-resolution images useful for building maps and digital elevation models of the ice.




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for a cool photo showing one of the workstations inside the DC-8

Oh, and here's an image of that rift they discovered:


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