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Phase: Operating

First Flight: October 15, 2009

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Violin Glacier
Lateral and terminal moraines of two small receding glaciers flowing into Violingletscher (Violin Glacier) in Østgrønland (East Greenland) seen during an Operation IceBridge survey flight on April 5, 2014. Credit: NASA/Michael Studinger

NASA’s Operation IceBridge images Earth's polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand processes that connect the polar regions with the global climate system. IceBridge utilizes a highly specialized fleet of research aircraft and the most sophisticated suite of innovative science instruments ever assembled to characterize annual changes in thickness of sea ice, glaciers, and ice sheets. In addition, IceBridge collects critical data used to predict the response of earth’s polar ice to climate change and resulting sea-level rise. IceBridge also helps bridge the gap in polar observations between NASA's ICESat satellite missions.

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