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NASA Begins Final Year of Airborne Polar Ice Mission
04 April 2019
This is the last year for Operation IceBridge, NASA's most comprehensive airborne survey of ice change. Since the launch of its first Arctic campaign in spring 2009, IceBridge has enabled discoveries ranging from water aquifers hidden within snow in southeast Greenland, to the first map indicating where the base of the massive Greenland Ice Sheet is thawed, to detailed depictions of the evolving Arctic sea ice cover and the thickness of the overlying snow.
Now, for the first time since its inaugural flights a decade ago, while IceBridge is mapping Greenland's ice from the air, one of NASA's newest satellite missions, the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), is simultaneously mapping that ice from space.
Image credit: Eugenia De Marco / NASA - Glacier margin abutting a polar mesa, photographed during Operation IceBridge's inaugural flight of its 2019 Arctic springtime field campaign.