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  • Airborne surveys of southern Alaska have helped scientists get a better handle on where ice is being lost from this heavily glaciated region. Melting ice from Alaskan glaciers is estimated to be one of the main contributors to global sea level rise.

    Alaska's Biggest (Ice) Losers are Inland

    Airborne surveys of southern Alaska have helped scientists get a better handle on where ice is being lost from this heavily glaciated region.

  • NASA DC-8

    NASA Takes to Kansas Skies to Study Nighttime Thunderstorms

    NASA has joined a multi-agency field campaign studying summer storm systems in the U.S. Great Plains to find out why they often form after the sun goes down instead of during the heat of the day.

  • Students learn about the MASTER remote sensing instrument onboard the NASA DC-8

    Students Study Earth from NASA Flying Laboratory

    Thirty-two undergraduate students are participating in an eight-week NASA Airborne Science field experience designed to immerse them in the agency's Earth science research.

  • View through the cockpit window during an IceBridge flight. Credits: NASA/IceBridge

    Operation IceBridge Concludes 2015 Arctic Campaign

    Operation IceBridge wrapped up its seventh Arctic deployment on May 21, when NASA’s C-130 research aircraft with the mission’s researchers and instruments on board departed Thule Air Base in Greenland and headed to NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

  • Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf is likely to shatter into hundreds of icebergs before the end of the decade, according to a new NASA study. Credits: NSIDC/Ted Scambos

    NASA Study Shows Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf Nearing Its Final Act

    A new NASA study finds the last remaining section of Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, is quickly weakening and likely to disintegrate completely before the end of the decade.

  • NASA's DC-8 aircraft takes off from its base operations in Palmdale, California on a mission aimed at studying polar winds in the Arctic region. Credits: NASA Photo / Carla Thomas

    NASA Airborne Mission to Study Polar Winds

    NASA’s DC-8 aircraft began a series of science flights based out of Keflavik, Iceland, on May 11 aimed at studying Arctic polar winds.

  • Goddard scientists Tom Hanisco (left) and Paul Newman (right) serve as science team co-investigators on NASA’s newest Earth Venture mission, the Atmospheric Tomography Mission (ATom). One of ATom’s instruments is a device (pictured here) that Hanisco developed to measure formaldehyde more efficiently.

    New Mission to Provide Snapshot of ‘Average’ Atmosphere

    A new NASA Earth Venture mission called the Atmospheric Tomography Mission (ATom) aims to provide a snapshot of the average atmosphere.  ATom will systematically measure reactive gases and aerosols over the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, where the atmosphere is relatively clean and sensitive to change.

  • The ER-2 crew makes final adjustments on the ground in Keflavik, Iceland as the pilot and aircraft prepare for take off. Credits: NASA Photo / Brian Hobbs

    NASA ER-2 Completes Suomi-NPP Arctic Validation Mission

    NASA’s high-altitude ER-2 aircraft completed a series of validation flights last month in support of the Earth-observing NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite, or Suomi NPP. The campaign was jointly sponsored by NASA and NOAA and based out of Keflavik, Iceland conducting science flights between March 7 to 31, 2015. 

  • The Norwegian research vessel R/V Lance as captured by the Digital Mapping System during an Operation IceBridge flight on March 19, 2015. IceBridge flew over a survey field established by a science team aboard the Lance as part of the airborne mission's Arctic 2015 campaign.

    IceBridge Overflies Norwegian Camp On Drifting Sea Ice

    Operation IceBridge successfully overflew a drifting Norwegian research vessel locked into the sea ice in the Fram Strait during its first flight of the 2015 Arctic field season.

  • NASA's C-130 aircraft getting readied for pressurization tests on March 16, 2015 at Wallops Flight Facility, during preparation for the Arctic 2015 Operation IceBridge field campaign. The mission¹s usual research aircraft in the Arctic, a P-3, is currently getting new wings.

    Operation IceBridge Debuts Its Seventh Arctic Campaign

    NASA's Operation IceBridge, an airborne survey of polar ice, successfully completed its first Greenland research flight of 2015 on March 19, thus launching its seventh Arctic campaign. This year’s science flights over Arctic sea and land ice will continue until May 22.

  • East Antarctic coastline. Icebergs are highlighted by the sunlight, and the open ocean appears black. Image Credit:  NASA

    UTexas-NASA Study Sees New Threat to East Antarctic Ice

    Researchers have discovered two seafloor troughs that could allow warm ocean water to reach the base of Totten Glacier, East Antarctica's largest and most rapidly thinning glacier.

  • NASA’s Global Hawk aircraft takes off from its base operations in Edwards, California to fly near the equator over the Pacific Ocean in the tropical tropopause layer.

    NASA and Partners begin 2015 CAST ATTREX Mission

    NASA scientists will study the movement of water vapor and greenhouse gases in the tropical tropopause region during this year's CAST ATTREX Mission

  • A sixth grade class at Central Elementary School in Tioga, North Dakota participated in NASA's 2014 Operation Ice Bridge Mission using the Mission Tool Suite for Education (MTSE) website.

    NASA Brings the Spirit of Adventure into the Classroom

    Across the United States and around the world, students now can participate in deployed NASA Airborne Science Missions.

  • NASA's ER-2 research aircraft.

    NASA Aircraft, Spacecraft Aid Atmospheric River Study

    NASA is part of a major field campaign studying intense atmospheric river storms from the ocean, land, air and space.

  • Educators visited NASA Wallops Flight Facility on to learn about the HS3 mission, tour the Global Hawk, the Global Hawk Operations Center and meet with HS3 mission personnel.

    NASA Hurricane Mission Connects to K-12 Classrooms

    The HS3 team shared the excitement of their scientific mission with K-12 students and teachers across the United States through summer teacher workshops, educator days at NASA Wallops, in-person classroom visits by mission personnel, live remote classroom chats and flight/hurricane tracking.

  • Peering into the thousands of frozen layers inside Greenland’s ice sheet is like looking back in time. Each layer provides a record of what Earth’s climate was like at the dawn of civilization, or during the last ice age, or during an ancient period of warmth similar to the one we experience today. Image Credit:  NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio

    NASA Data Peers into Greenland’s Ice Sheet

    Scientists using ice-penetrating radar data collected by NASA’s Operation IceBridge and earlier airborne campaigns have built the first-ever comprehensive map of layers deep inside the Greenland Ice Sheet.

  • The ER-2, which is one of NASA's environmental research aircraft, lands following a mission. Image Credit:  NASA / Tom Tschida

    NASA Airborne Science Aircraft Monitoring the Environment

    Climate scientists are using NASA's flying assets to gather information about how the global Earth system is changing and how it is predicted it may change in the future.

  • Glaciers seen during NASA's Operation IceBridge research flight to West Antarctica on Oct. 29, 2014. Image Credit:  NASA/Michael Studinger

    West Antarctic Melt Rate Has Tripled: NASA-UC Irvine

    Airborne measurements along with data from satellite observations and other sources shows that the melt rate of portions of West Antarctica has tripled in the last 10 years.

  • Collage of Global Hawk photos taken during the 2014 mission. Image Credit:  NASA/ Brian Kelly and Erin Czech

    HS3 Hurricane Mission Investigated Four Tropical Cyclones in 2014

    NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission investigated four tropical cyclones in the 2014 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season: Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard and Gonzalo. The storms affected land areas in the Atlantic Ocean Basin and were at different stages during the investigations.

  • The DC-8 airborne laboratory is one of several NASA aircraft that will fly in support of five new investigations into how different aspects of the interconnected Earth system influence climate change.

    NASA Airborne Campaigns Tackle Climate Questions from Africa to Arctic

    Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate.

  • A rock outcrop and ice near Antarctica’s Fleming Glacier seen during the Nov. 16, 2014, IceBridge survey flight. Credit: NASA / Michael Studinger

    IceBridge 2014 Antarctic Campaign Concludes

    NASA’s Operation IceBridge completed four more surveys of the Antarctic, bringing the mission’s six-week-long field campaign to a close.

  • his photo taken during the CARVE experiment shows polygonal lakes created by melting permafrost on Alaska's North Slope. As the frozen soil melts, it shrinks, leaving cracks that fill with water. In winter the water-filled cracks freeze into ice wedges.

    NASA: Alaska Shows No Signs of Rising Arctic Methane

    Despite large temperature increases in Alaska in recent decades, a new analysis of NASA airborne data finds that methane is not being released from Alaskan soils into the atmosphere at unusually high rates, as recent modeling and experimental studies have suggested. The new result shows that the changes in this part of the Arctic have not yet had enough impact to affect the global methane budget.

  • Prior to getting underway with NASA researches working on Operation IceBridge, NASA Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan and US Ambassador to Chile Michael Hammer joined the group for a pre-flight briefing in the team’s ready room at Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo airport in Punta Arenas, Chile.

    Visitors Fly with NASA’s Operation IceBridge

    NASA’s Operation IceBridge hosted two high-profile visitors, U.S. Ambassador to Chile Michael Hammer and NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan.

  • IceBridge collected some rare images on a flight out of Punta Arenas, Chile on Nov. 5, 2014, on a science flight over western Antarctica.

    USS Constellation and Thurston Island

    NASA’s Operation IceBridge collected some rare images on a flight out of Punta Arenas, Chile on a science flight over western Antarctica dubbed Ferrigno-Alison-Abbott 01.

  • NASA Global Hawk 872 is shown during an instrument checkout flight in late 2013 for the ATTREX mission conducted early this year. Image Credit:  NASA / Tom Miller

    Global Hawks Mark Five Years of NASA Science Flights

    NASA's pair of remotely operated Global Hawk Earth science aircraft marked a milestone on Oct. 23, the fifth anniversary of the first NASA flight by a Global Hawk aircraft.

  • 3-D printed wing part for the FrankenEye aircraft.

    It's Alive! Ames Engineers Harvest and Print Parts for New Breed of Aircraft

    It's more an engineer's dream than nightmare - to rapidly prototype and redesign aircraft using 3-D printed parts. That's just what a team of student interns and engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, got to do: custom-build aircraft by repurposing surplus Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Grafting fuselages side-by-side adds more motors, propellers and batteries to improve power and performance capacity. By lengthening the wings, the team was able to improve aerodynamic efficiency and help extend the flight time of small, lightweight electric aircraft.

  • NASA’s DC-8 research aircraft will be flying scientists and instruments over Antarctica to study changes in the continent’s ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice.

    NASA Begins Sixth Year of Airborne Antarctic Ice Change Study

    NASA is carrying out its sixth consecutive year of Operation IceBridge research flights over Antarctica to study changes in the continent’s ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice. This year’s airborne campaign, which began its first flight Thursday morning, will revisit a section of the Antarctic ice sheet that recently was found to be in irreversible decline.

  • The ARISE research team lines up in front of the NASA C-130 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, for a group photo

    ARISE Researchers Close out Alaska Field Campaign

    Data from ARISE will help scientists understand the relationship between ocean and ice surfaces and clouds and the role that relationship plays in the overall climate system. In addition, ARISE data will help researchers further improve methods of interpreting satellite data in the Arctic.

  • The constellation Ursa Major looms over a GPS-equipped survey vehicle and a ground station to its left at El Mirage Dry Lake. By comparing elevation readings from both GPS sources, researchers can build an elevation map to precisely calibrate the laser altimeter for ice thickness measurements.

    Preparing For Antarctic Flights in the California Desert

    NASA IceBridge scientists conduct GPS-guided ground tests at El Mirage to aid calibration of laser altimeter for precise readings over Antarctica.

  • NASA Global Hawk No. 872 is pictured on the ramp after landing at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia, at sunrise following its 10th and final science flight Sept. 28 – 29 in the agency's 2014 Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) mission over the Atlantic Ocean.

    Global Hawk 872 Return Marks 100th NASA Flight

    High-altitude science aircraft hits milestone on its return to NASA Armstrong Sept. 30 after 10 science flights in NASA's 2014 HS3 mission.

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