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An Icy Heart

The year 2017 was a record-breaking one for Operation IceBridge, NASA’s aerial survey of the state of polar ice.

Glaciers in the Tropics, but Not for Long

Though the Surdiman Range is located just south of the equator, the elevation is high enough and the air temperatures are cold enough to still support a few small areas of “permanent” ice

NASA’s Longest Running Survey of Ice Shattered Records in 2017

The year that recently ended was record-breaking for Operation IceBridge: for the first time in its nine-year history, the mission carried seven field campaigns in a single year.

Celebrating 60 Years of Groundbreaking U.S. Space Science

Sixty years ago, the U.S. launched Explorer 1, rocketing into the Space Age.

Explorer 1: The Beginning of American Space Science

Sixty years ago, the hopes of Cold War America soared into the night sky as a rocket lofted skyward above Cape Canaveral, a soon-to-be-famous barrier island off the Florida coast.

Signs of Flow Atop Antarctic Ice

Stand on the Antarctic Peninsula and a stark expanse of ice would extend as far as the eye can see.

Ice in the Weddell Sea

On November 12, 2017, NASA’s Operation IceBridge—an airborne mission to map polar ice—flew a high-priority mission over the Larsen C ice shelf.

Southern Antarctic Peninsula

After a few hours flying over the Southern Ocean and the sea ice fields around Antarctica, the first sign of land can be startling.

NASA Goddard Year in Review - 2017

A look back at 2017 at NASA Goddard.

The Bluest of Ice

Acquired on November 29 by Operation IceBridge during a flight to Victoria Land, this image shows an iceberg floating in Antarctica's McMurdo Sound.

NASA Scientists Embark on Extreme Antarctic Trek

In temperatures that can drop below -20 degrees Fahrenheit, a team led by two NASA scientists will survey an unexplored stretch of Antarctic ice.

IceBridge Blues

NASA’s Operation IceBridge—an airborne mission to map polar ice—recently made some flights out of the McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole stations.

Icy Fingers in the Weddell Sea

Ice can be stunningly beautiful and also quite varied in its appearance. The most obvious differences are between the two main ice types: land ice and sea ice.

New NASA Insights into the Secret Lives of Plants

NASA will take a new look at vegetation in the next few years with several unique instruments in space. The missions will help scientists investigate the role of plants in Earth's global carbon and wa

From Microscopic to Multicellular: Six Stories of Life that NASA Sees from Space

Scientists have use satellites to understand how life flourishes and fades on our planet. These selected visual stories of bacteria, plants, land animals, sea creatures and birds show what a view from space can reveal.

IceBridge Launches Two Sets of Antarctic Flights

Scientists with NASA’s longest-running airborne mission to map polar ice, Operation IceBridge, completed a successful science flight on Oct. 29, inaugurating their 2017 survey of Antarctica.

A Regional Look at Arctic Sea Ice

According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Arctic sea ice cover in 2017 shrank to 4.64 million square kilometers, the eighth-lowest extent in the 39-year satellite record.

Pine Island Glacier Births New ‘Berg

A new iceberg recently calved from Pine Island Glacier—one of the main outlets where ice from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet flows into the ocean.

End-of-Summer Arctic Sea Ice Extent Is Eighth Lowest on Record

Arctic sea ice appeared to have reached its yearly lowest extent on Sept. 13, NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder have reported.

NASA Flights Map Summer Melt of Greenland Land Ice

Operation IceBridge is flying in Greenland to measure how much ice has melted over the course of the summer from the ice sheet. The flights, which began on Aug. 25 and will go on until Sept. 21, repeat paths flown this spring and aim to monitor seasonal changes in the elevation of the ice sheet.

NASA Scientists Seek to Improve Sea Ice Predictions

Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is in a downward spiral, with summer minimum extents about 40 percent smaller than in the 1980s. But forecasting how the sea ice is going to behave in a particular year is tricky.

NASA's IceBridge Surveys Glaciers in Northeast Greenland

NASA's Operation IceBridge is flying its summer Arctic land ice campaign in Greenland, continuing its measurements of the Greenland Ice Sheet and its outlet glaciers.

NASA's ICESat-2 Preps for Laser Tests

Lasers that will fly on NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, are about to be put to the test at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Two Decades of Changes in Helheim Glacier

Helheim Glacier is the fastest flowing glacier along the eastern edge of Greenland Ice Sheet and one of the island’s largest ocean-terminating rivers of ice.

Landsat 'Sees in the Dark' the Evolution of Antarctica’s Delaware-sized Iceberg

As Antarctica remains shrouded in darkness during the Southern Hemisphere winter, the Thermal Infrared Sensor on Landsat 8 captured a new snap of the iceberg that split off from Antarctica.
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