An Ecosystem Grows in Antarctica
Fathoming Life Under the Ice
Neutrinos Point The Way To Cosmic Rays
IceBridge Flies High
Science / Ice and Snow
Wednesday June 27, 2018
In late 2017, a specially modified airplane contracted by NASA crisscrossed Antarctica, mapping the ice below and filling in a data gap left by a now-defunct NASA satellite called ICESat, which measured the elevation of the ice surface using a laser. Operation IceBridge flights are bridging the gap between ICESat and its successor, ICESat-2.
A Chemical Detective Story: Why is Don Juan Pond So Salty?
Science / Earth
Wednesday June 13, 2018
During winter, nearly everything in Antarctica freezes solid. Except Don Juan Pond. Though only about twice the area of an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and barely a foot deep, Don Juan Pond is famous for being the saltiest body of water on the entire planet. It is saltier even than the Dead Sea.
We Are All Scientists
Features / Operations
Thursday June 07, 2018
In the midst of the austral winter, as total darkness and below-zero temperatures encompass McMurdo Station, the pace of science slows somewhat. A science fair organized by station residents in their free time at the end of May helped to keep the spirit of science and discovery at the forefront throughout.