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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NASA Hosting Media Teleconference About Antarctic Ice Mission

Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington

Rob Gutro
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

WASHINGTON -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT, on Thursday, Nov. 3, to discuss the largest airborne campaign ever to study the dynamics of Earth's polar regions. Operation IceBridge is enhancing scientists' understanding and predictions of how glaciers contribute to global sea level rise.

The survey began in 2009 using instruments to map Arctic and Antarctic areas once a year for six years. From their location in Chile -- where this year's observation flights take place – NASA Project Scientist Michael Studinger and NASA Mission Director Walter Klein will preview the discovery of a massive Glacier crevasse that suggests an iceberg soon may fall from it. They also will discuss new information from this year's observations and newly visualized data from previous years.

To participate in the teleconference, journalists may call 210-234-8217 or 888-989-9822 and use the passcode ICEBRIDGE. Any inquiries prior to the teleconference should be sent to Patrick Lynch onsite in Chile at:

Briefing materials will be available shortly before the start of the teleconference at

For more information about Operation IceBridge, visit

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