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October 25, 2013

Steve Cole
Headquarters, Washington

George Hale
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

Media Invited to NASA Google+ Hangout Briefing on Antarctic Ice Campaign

Antarctic Mission Google+ Hangout

NASA will host a live Google+ Hangout news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. EDT about Operation IceBridge's upcoming airborne field campaign in Antarctica.

This is the first year IceBridge will operate directly from Antarctica, flying from McMurdo Station starting in mid-November instead of from southern Chile. This change will allow IceBridge researchers to survey parts of Antarctica previously unavailable to them since the mission began in 2009.

IceBridge is a multi-year NASA science mission to study ice conditions at both poles. The mission's survey flights gather data on changes in ice elevation and thickness and measure the shape of bedrock and water cavities beneath ice using a suite of scientific instruments. The mission provides critical measurements that bridge the gap between observations supplied by NASA's Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite, or ICESat, and the upcoming ICESat-2.

Panelists for this briefing are:

-- Michael Studinger, IceBridge project scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
-- Christy Hansen, IceBridge project manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
-- Chad Naughton, project manager, National Science Foundation's U.S. Antarctic Program, Centennial, Colo.

The Hangout will be broadcast on NASA Goddard's Google+ and YouTube pages and carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website. Journalists can submit questions via comments on these pages or on Twitter using the hashtag #IceBridge.

To join the Hangout, visit:


For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:


For more information about Operation IceBridge, visit:



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