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Web Date: October 9, 2009

Measuring Antarctic Ice

Research: NASA is set to launch mission to track changes in South Pole ice shelves, glaciers, and sheets
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: NASA, antarctica ice, ice shelves, climate change

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration is set to deploy an instrument-laden aircraft from Punta Arenas, Chile, on Oct. 15 to monitor changes in the Antarctic's complex system of ice shelves, glaciers, and sheets.

The program, called Operation Ice Bridge, fills what would have been a critical observational gap in this region, as the agency's ICESat-1 satellite program ends this year, and the next-generation satellite, ICESat-2, won't be launched until 2014 or . . .

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