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Curious Circles in Arctic Sea Ice

NASA’s Operation IceBridge—the airborne mission flown annually over both polar regions—is now in its tenth year making flights over the Arctic. That’s a lot of flight hours spent mapping the region.

Tendril of Ice in the Weddell Sea

Images from the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula show a curious phenomenon: what looks like a tendril of sea ice snaking away from the ice pack in the Weddell Sea.

NASA Renews Focus on Earth's Frozen Regions

In 2018, NASA will intensify its focus on one of the most critical but remote parts of our changing planet with the launch of two new satellite missions and an array of airborne campaigns.

Arctic Wintertime Sea Ice Extent Is Among Lowest On Record

Sea ice in the Arctic grew to its annual maximum extent last week, and joined 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the four lowest maximum extents on record, according to scientists at the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and NASA.

NASA Begins Latest Airborne Arctic Ice Survey

Operation IceBridge, NASA's longest-running aerial survey of polar ice, has launched its tenth Arctic spring campaign.

Low Sea Ice Amid Arctic Warming

Arctic sea ice reaches its maximum extent each March. In February 2018, the average ice extent was the lowest of any February on record.

NASA Space Laser Completes 2,000-mile Road Trip

ICESat-2's laser instrument has shipped from NASA Goddard, where it was built and tested, to Arizona, where it will be assembled with its spacecraft.

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.
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