Rocky mountain face, Alexander Island
1 of 6 CREDIT: Michael Studinger/NASA.
G-V in Punta Arenas
2 of 6 CREDIT: Bryan Blair/NASA.
Pine Island Glacier ice shelf rift
3 of 6 CREDIT: Jefferson Beck/NASA.
Clouds swarm Alexander Island mountains
4 of 6 CREDIT: Michael Studinger/NASA.
Banking over the edge of Pine Island Glacier ice shelf
5 of 6 CREDIT: Jefferson Beck/NASA.
6 of 6 CREDIT: Michael Studinger/NASA.
The landscape of Alexander Island, Antarctica, as seen by NASA's DC-8 on Oct. 24, 2011. NASA's Operation IceBridge monitors ice thickness in polar regions using instrument-laden aircraft during a break between satellite observations from 2009 to 2016. The 2011 Antarctic campaign captured dramatic images of the frozen continent during flights out of Punta Arenas, Chile.