The spring 2010 campaign of NASA’s Operation IceBridge is underway in Greenland. The mission is measuring the Greenland ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice. This second phase of the project will use a P-3B airplane which will deploy to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. IceBridge, is a six-year NASA mission and is the largest airborne survey of Earth’s polar ice ever flown. It will yield an unprecedented three-dimensional view of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, ice shelves and sea ice. Data collected during IceBridge will help scientists bridge the gap in polar observations between NASA’s Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) — in orbit since 2003 — and ICESat-2, planned for late 2015. ICESat stopped collecting science data in 2009, making IceBridge critical for ensuring a continuous series of observations.
Operation IceBridge – Part Two – Sea Ice Research
NASA Lays Groundwork for Safer Spacecraft
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