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One More Mission and Off the Ice
A view of the Transantarctic Mountains from the NASA P-3 airborne laboratory during IceBridge’s Nov. 27, 2013 survey. Credit: NASA / Michael Studinger
The IceBridge team closed out its shortened 2013 Antarctic campaign with a full day of data collection before the NASA P-3 left McMurdo's sea ice runway a day ahead of schedule in order to avoid bad weather. After returning from the successful Nov. 26 flight over the Siple Coast, the IceBridge team held their evening meeting and weather briefing, discussing which areas could be possible survey targets the next day.
On Nov. 27, the morning weather update showed clear conditions around McMurdo and good weather in a few different survey areas. Mission planners decided to maximize their data collection by flying one of the highest priority flights, a survey of thick ice in East Antarctica between Dome C, one of the high points of the Antarctic Ice Sheet at 10,607 feet (3,233 meters) above sea level, and the Russian Antarctic base of Vostok.
› Read more about the IceBridge 2013 Antarctic campaign.
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