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An aerial view of two people in orange coats and black pants standing on a piece of ice. One is close to the edge and bending over while picking up a canister. The edges of the ice scalloped and almost lace-like in appearance. The water visible ranges from light to deeper blues.

Studying Arctic Ice

On July 12, 2011, crew from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy retrieved a canister dropped by parachute from a C-130, which brought supplies for some mid-mission fixes. The ICESCAPE, or "Impacts of Climate on Ecosystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment, mission was a NASA shipborne investigation to study how changing conditions in the Arctic affect the ocean's chemistry and ecosystems. The bulk of the research took place in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in summer 2010 and 2011.

Image Credit: NASA/Kathryn Hansen

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