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DC-8 News Archives
February 12, 2014

College Students Study The Earth From NASA's DC-8 Flying Lab (06/13): Thirty-two undergraduate students are participating in an eight-week NASA Airborne Science Program field experience designed to immerse them in the agency's Earth Science research.+Read more

NASA Begins Flight Research Campaign Using Alternate Jet Fuel (03/13): NASA researchers have begun a series of flights using the Agency's DC-8 flying laboratory to study the effects of alternate biofuel on engine performance, emissions and aircraft-generated contrails at altitude.+Read more

NASA'S Operation IceBridge Resumes Flights Over Antarctica (10/12): Scientists and flight crew members with Operation IceBridge, NASA's airborne mission to study Earth's changing polar ice, are beginning another campaign over Antarctica. Now in its fourth year, IceBridge's return to the Antarctic comes almost a year after the discovery of a large rift in the continent's Pine Island Glacier.+Read more

NASA Planning Major Airborne Scientific Study in Southeast Asia (3/12): More than 150 scientists, technicians and airborne research specialists gathered in Boulder, Colo., last month to develop strategies for doing something that has never been done before: probing a vast expanse of the Southeast Asian atmosphere from top to bottom at the critical time of year when strong weather systems and prolific regional air pollution pump chemicals and particles high into the atmosphere with potentially global consequences for Earth's climate. + Read More

NASA's DC-8 Continues to Support GPCEx Snow Study (2/12): NASA's DC-8 airborne science laboratory has completed 10 data-collection flights in support of NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement Cold-season Precipitation Experiment, or GCPEx, snow study over Ontario, Canada. + Read More

NASA Cold Weather Airborne Campaign to Measure Falling Snow (1/12): Beginning Jan. 17, NASA will fly an airborne science laboratory above Canadian snowstorms to tackle a difficult challenge facing the upcoming Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite mission - measuring snowfall from space. + Read More

IceBridge Flights Survey Peninsula, Weddell Sea (10/11): Relatively good weather conditions allowed scientists aboard NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory to survey a number of sites in Antarctica during a trio of productive long-duration science flights Oct. 21-24 as the Fall 2011 Operation IceBridge campaign continued. + Read More

College Students Study The Earth From NASA's Flying Laboratory (6/11): Twenty-nine undergraduate and graduate students are participating in a six-week NASA Airborne Science Program field experience designed to immerse them in the agency's Earth Science research. + Read More

NASA Airborne Science Campaign Begins Antarctic Sequel (10/10): Scientists returned this week to the Southern Hemisphere where NASA's Operation IceBridge mission is set to begin its second year of airborne surveys over Antarctica. + Read More

NASA Icebridge Mission Prepares for Study of Arctic Glaciers (3/10): NASA's Operation IceBridge mission, the largest airborne survey ever flown of Earth's polar ice, kicks off its second year of study when NASA aircraft arrive in Greenland March 22. + Read More

2009 - Another Year of Accomplishment at NASA Dryden (12/09): NASA Dryden's DC-8 flying science laboratory conducted a series of flights this past fall as part of Operation Ice Bridge, a six-year campaign to survey ice at Earth's polar regions. + Read More

NASA Flies to Antarctica for Largest Airborne Polar Ice Survey (10/09): NASA begins a series of flights Oct. 15 to study changes to Antarctica's sea ice, glaciers and ice sheets. The flights are part of Operation Ice Bridge, a six-year campaign that is the largest airborne survey ever made of ice at Earth's polar regions. + Read More

NASA Student Airborne Research Program Takes Flight (7/09): Agricultural fields spread out beyond NASA's DC-8 airborne science flying laboratory during a flight from NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, CA. (NASA Photo / Jim Ross) Twenty-nine undergraduate and graduate students are participating in a six-week NASA Airborne Science field experience designed to immerse them in NASA's Earth Science research. + Read More

NASA, Air Resources Board To Examine California Air Quality (6/08): NASA and scientists from the California Air Resources Board are conducting a series of research flights this month that are examining the atmosphere over the state to better understand the chemical dynamics of smog and greenhouse gases. + Read More

NASA Launches Airborne Study of Arctic Atmosphere, Air Pollution (4/08): NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory departed the NASA Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, CA, Tuesday for Fairbanks, AK, to participate in one of the largest international atmospheric studies ever attempted. + Read More

NASA's DC-8 Airborne Science Laboratory Returns to Dryden: Aircraft to be Based at Dryden's New Aircraft Operations Facility: NASA's DC-8 airborne science laboratory returned to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center recently after an absence of more than two years. The venerable flying science lab's missions had been managed by the University of North Dakota since late 2005, although Dryden flight crews continued to operate the aircraft on worldwide data gathering missions. + Read More

International Science Team Measures Arctic's Atmosphere (1/05): An international team of scientists has embarked on a journey this week to improve modeling of global scale air quality and climate change predictions by conducting high quality measurements of the arctic region's atmosphere. +Read More

Alaskan Volcanoes and Glacier Focus of NASA Science Mission (9/04): Seven active Alaskan volcanoes are being studied in an airborne campaign this week by NASA and university scientists to gather data to evaluate volcanic hazards. In addition to volcanoes, instruments on board NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory are studying the Hubbard Glacier, Alaskan forests and sea ice. + Read More

NASA's INTEX Global Air Quality Mission Under Way (6/04): NASA and other U.S. and international agencies will measure the movements of pollution around the globe this summer as part of a combined air quality and climate study. The first phase of the two-part experiment kicks off today and runs through August 19. + Read More

NASA Embarks on a Sweeping Airborne Science Expedition (3/04): An international team of scientists from NASA and other research institutions has embarked on a three-week expedition of discovery that will take them from the lush, dense rain forests of Central America to the frigid isolation of Antarctica. + Read More

NASA Aircraft Flies Science Mission Over California (5/03): Care to sample the sea salt, dust and other contaminants over California until mid-June? These aerosols fill the air and provide an ideal environment for a new NASA field experiment starting May 28. As wind blows along the California coast, across dry deserts, and through urban areas, NASA scientists and their university partners will test the accuracy of instruments that measure aerosols - particles in the atmosphere - using NASA's DC-8 aircraft and ground stations. +Read More

NASA and Naval Research Lab Study Coastal Eddies (4/03): Swirling waters off southern California will be studied by NASA and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) this month. These coastal eddies can be important in bringing nutrients from deep to surface waters where they provide stimulus for ocean plant growth. +Read More

NASA DC-8 Participates in Midwest Water Vapor Study (4/02): NASA's DC-8, based at the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA, is participating in a study of water vapor that feeds showers and thunderstorms. The aircraft is one of six taking samples during the International H2O Project (IHOP2002) May 13 through June 15. Missions will fly out of Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport. +Read More

NASA Dryden Aircraft Flies Simulated Search and Rescue Mission (4/02): NASA, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, and the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) have partnered for a simulated search and rescue mission to take place in the mountainous area of San Bernardino County, California, in early April. +Read More

NASA DC-8 Participates in Snow and Ice Study (2/02): NASA's Airborne Science DC-8 aircraft departs its sunny Mojave Desert home in California on Feb. 17 to take part in a NASA-sponsored study of frozen landscapes. The IceSAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) mission will use microwave remote sensing instruments on the aircraft to measure critical components of selected cold areas of the northern United States where land is frozen either seasonally or permanently. + Read More

NASA Braves Storms in Quest for Better Understanding of Hurricanes (8/01): As this year's hurricane season arrives, a team of researchers participating in a NASA study is ready. Armed with airplanes from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA, robotic aerial vehicles and a fleet of sophisticated instruments, the researchers are ready to meet these potentially deadly and destructive storms head-on, gathering data vital to improve hurricane modeling and prediction. +Read More

Researchers Trace Evolving Pacific Air Chemistry (3/01): By studying the springtime airflow from Asia across the Pacific, NASA scientists intend to collect information to learn how natural and human-induced changes affect our global climate. +Read More

Flying Laboratory Begins Pacific Rim Earth Science Studies (7/00): The most volcanically active region in the world-the Pacific Rim-is center stage for a comprehensive Earth-observing mission being conducted by NASA and a team of scientists from several research institutions over the next 2 1/2 months. +Read More


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