|A view of Chile's Glacier Grey from Lago Grey (Grey Lake), with the Cuernos del Paine mountains in the background, seen during NASA's AirSAR 2004 campaign.
NASA Photo / Jim Ross
The Nature of Research
Dryden's DC-8 airborne laboratory recently completed the AirSAR mission to Puerto Rico, Chile and Antarctica to map the environmental effects of global warming.
AirSAR is an all-weather imaging tool.
Dryden photographer Jim Ross documented the wildlife, environment and vistas as part of the mission.
The March X-Press profiled the Costa Rican segment of the journey. These images span the next two legs of the three-week mission, which took researchers on to Chile and Antarctica.
In addition to the scientific aspects of the AirSAR mission, the crew also served as NASA ambassadors and as conduits through which children in the countries where the missions were staged might be inspired.
For information about AirSAR on the Internet, visit http://airsar.jpl.nasa.gov and /centers/dfrc/Research/AirSci/index2.html
New photos of NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory can be downloaded at /centers/dfrc/Gallery/Photo/DC-8/index.html