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Images: Mission Flies Above Antarctica's Icy Wilderness

  • Rocky mountain face, Alexander Island

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    CREDIT: Michael Studinger/NASA.
  • G-V in Punta Arenas

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    CREDIT: Bryan Blair/NASA.
  • Pine Island Glacier ice shelf rift

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    CREDIT: Jefferson Beck/NASA.
  • Clouds swarm Alexander Island mountains

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    CREDIT: Michael Studinger/NASA.
  • Banking over the edge of Pine Island Glacier ice shelf

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    CREDIT: Jefferson Beck/NASA.
  • Shackleton Range

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    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.

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