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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

NASA Hosts Briefing About Antarctic Science Mission

Steve Cole
Headquarters, Washington
Sarah DeWitt/Kathryn Hansen
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a media teleconference at on Monday, Nov. 15, from Punta Arenas, Chile, to discuss the agency's Operation IceBridge. Researchers are using seven instruments aboard NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory to map Antarctic ice surfaces and the features hidden below. The data are critical for understanding the dynamics of ice in West Antarctica and its impact on sea-level rise.

During the briefing, IceBridge scientists will provide an overview of the multi-year mission and an update on flights under way over Antarctica. They also will describe some of the observations made since flights began on Oct. 26.

The briefing participants are:
- Michael Studinger, IceBridge project scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Maryland, Baltimore County
- Seelye Martin, research scientist (sea ice), University of Washington, Seattle
- Chris Shuman, research scientist (land ice), Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Maryland, Baltimore County

For dial-in information, journalists must e-mail their name, media affiliation and telephone number to Kathryn Hansen at

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at

This is Operation IceBridge's second year monitoring Antarctic sea ice, ice sheets and glaciers. For more information, visit

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