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NASA has selected nine student teams to launch scientific payloads on a NASA heavy-lift balloon for the 16th High-Altitude Student Platform (HASP) mission flying during the fall 2022 campaign in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

Breakup At Land Glacier In Antarctica

Sea ice around Antarctica started to regrow after reaching the lowest extent ever observed in the satellite record in late February 2022.

Ice Shelf Collapse In East Antarctica

It is relatively common for ice shelves in Antarctica to spawn icebergs. It is less common for an ice shelf to completely disintegrate.

Since the discovery of the Adelie Land meteorite in 1912, scientists have plucked more than 45,000 meteorites from the ice in Antarctica.

152 billion tonnes of fresh water - equivalent to 20 x Loch Ness or 61 million Olympic sized swimming pools, entered the seas around the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia when the megaberg A68A melted over 3 months in 2020/2021, according to a new study.

When plant scientist Jess Bunchek leaves Antarctica in the coming weeks and returns to her roots at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, she will bring back knowledge to benefit space exploration along with memories that will last a lifetime.

New study links an increase in black carbon in Antarctic ice cores to Māori burning practices in New Zealand more than 700 years ago.

Antarctica As Seen From Orbit

Thomas Pesquet: These are not clouds, they are icy mountains! Megan claimed to have spotted Antarctica, and we doubted her, fools! The next day she studied our trajectory and calculated the right timing to look out the window, and guess what, we could all see it with our own eyes (and a camera).

From above, the Antarctic Ice Sheet might look like a calm, perpetual ice blanket that has covered Antarctica for millions of years.

ESA-sponsored medical doctor Nick Smith snapped this photo of the storage containers at Concordia research station in Antarctica shortly before sunset, 8 April 2021. The dark blue line at the horizon is the shadow of the Earth.

All eyes remain on the giant A-68A iceberg on its journey across the Southern Ocean. This image shows A-68A's movements over the past 15 days using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-3 missions.

The 16th crew at Concordia research Station in Antarctica to spend a full winter at the facility, wave goodbye to the Sun as it descends below the horizon, not to return for four months.

A newly updated Antarctic Digital Database is released today (12 May 2020).

On Feb. 6, 2020, weather stations recorded the hottest temperature on record for Antarctica.

The Pine Island Glacier recently spawned an iceberg over 300 sq km that very quickly shattered into pieces.

ESA is working with Argentina to test telemedicine device Tempus Pro in the harsh conditions of Antarctica as Europe prepares for its next phase of human exploration in space.

Ice loss from Pine Island Glacier has contributed more to sea-level rise over the past four decades than any other glacier in Antarctica.

The number of meltwater lakes on the surface of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet is more significant than previously thought, according to new research.

Far more accurate than any previous map, this new representation of glacier flows in Antarctica opens the door to an improved understanding of the vast continent and the future pace of sea level rise.

Spaceship Concordia

Science for the benefit of space exploration does not only happen off planet.

There are two primary causes of global mean sea level rise -- added water from melting ice sheets and glaciers, and the expansion of sea water as it warms. The melting of Antarctica's ice sheet is currently responsible for 20-25% of global sea level rise.

As part of the EU project "Beyond EPICA - Oldest Ice", experts from 14 institutions located in 10 European countries have spent three years combing the Antarctic ice sheet to find the ideal location to retrieve the oldest ice core on the Earth

A recently-launched satellite mission has captured precision data on the elevation of the Antarctic ice sheet proving a valuable addition to monitoring efforts in the region, according to work published this week in The Cryosphere.

A kite-blown science expedition to the interior of Antarctica has made the most southerly positioning fixes yet made with Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system.

A gigantic cavity -- two-thirds the area of Manhattan and almost 1,000 feet (300 meters) tall -- growing at the bottom of Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is one of several disturbing discoveries reported in a new NASA-led study of the disintegrating glacier.

A new NASA-led study has determined that an increase in snowfall accumulation over Antarctica during the 20th century mitigated sea level rise by 0.4 inches.

@NASA_ICE From yesterday's #IceBridge flight: Amundsen-Scott Station, South Pole. Larger image

It was five years ago this month that ESA's GOCE gravity-mapping satellite finally gave way to gravity, but its results are still yielding buried treasure - giving a new view of the remnants of lost continents hidden deep under the ice sheet of Antarctica.

Operation IceBridge, NASA's longest-running aerial survey of polar ice, flew over the northern Antarctic Peninsula on Oct. 16, 2018.

IceBridge's Airborne Topographic Mapper instrument, or ATM, has two lasers that shoot thousands of pulses of light per second in a circular motion that, combined with the plane's forward motion, result in spiral patterns of height measurements over Earth's surface.

Ice losses from Antarctica have tripled since 2012, increasing global sea levels by 0.12 inch (3 millimeters) in that timeframe alone, according to a major new international climate assessment funded by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Last year was a record-breaking one for Operation IceBridge, NASA's aerial survey of the state of polar ice.

NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) don't just enable data from spacecraft to reach Earth - they provide internet and even telemedicine to researchers at the South Pole.

Operation IceBridge View of Larcen C

This is an photograph from the Oct. 31, 2017 Operation IceBridge flight over the Larsen C.

Operation IceBridge View of Larcen C

This is an photograph from the Oct. 31, 2017 Operation IceBridge flight over the Larsen C.

The East Antarctic Ice Sheet locks away enough water to raise sea level an estimated 53 meters (174 feet), more than any other ice sheet on the planet.

NASA is boosting cyber to space with benefits for Earth. On Nov. 20, 2017, a selfie snapped from the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station in Antarctica demonstrated technology that can enable the future interplanetary internet.

New ESA Crew and Research in Antarctica

The Concordia research station in Antarctica is a place of extremes: for nine months no supplies can be delivered, the nearest living beings are 600 km away at the Russian Vostok station, and the Sun does not rise above the horizon for four months in the winter.

A NASA study has located the Antarctic glaciers that accelerated the fastest between 2008 and 2014 and finds that the most likely cause of their speedup is an observed influx of warm water into the bay where they're located.

Larsen C, a floating platform of glacial ice on the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula, is the fourth largest ice shelf ringing Earth's southernmost continent.

NASA Test Robotic Concepts in Antarctica

Mt. Erebus is at the end of our world -- and offers a portal to another.

A Global View Of The Speed of Ice

Glaciers and ice sheets move in unique and sometimes surprising patterns, as evidenced by a new capability that uses satellite images to map the speed of flowing ice in Greenland, Antarctica and mountain ranges around the world.

Second NASA Balloon Flight in Antarctica

The second of three missions as part of NASA's Antarctica Long Duration Balloon Flight Campaign was successfully launched at 8:10 a.m. EDT, Dec. 2.

Heroes of Antarctic exploration have played a crucial role in research that suggests the area of sea ice around Antarctica has barely changed in size in 100 years.

Three federal entities, including NASA, are reaffirming their commitment to search for Antarctic meteorites, to help learn more about the primitive building blocks of the solar system and answer questions about Earth's neighbors like the moon and Mars.

Two new studies by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine (UCI), detect the fastest ongoing rates of glacier retreat ever observed in West Antarctica and offer an unprecedented direct view of intense ice melting from the floating undersides of glaciers.

Year 8 For Operation IceBridge

At the southern end of the Earth, a NASA plane carrying a team of scientists and a sophisticated instrument suite to study ice is returning to surveying Antarctica.

A trip to the Red Planet begins long in advance of liftoff.

In the second it takes to read these words, 65 billion neutrinos will shoot through every square centimeter of your body.

The Antarctic ice is home to stuff "not of this Earth."

Our Future In Space Starts On Earth

Timed to coincide with the opening of an exhibition on space and Antarctica, ESA and the British Antarctic Survey are presenting the story "Step to the stars our future in space starts on Earth".

ESA astronaut Tim Peake saw this iceberg from the International Space Station 400 km above Earth on 2 June 2016 during his six-month Principia mission. It is the same iceberg - called A56 - that he had photographed previously on 27 March.

Why has the sea ice cover surrounding Antarctica been increasing slightly, in sharp contrast to the drastic loss of sea ice occurring in the Arctic Ocean? A new NASA-led study finds the geology of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are responsible.

Antarctic Meteorite As It Was Found

A meteorite on the blue ice field in the Miller Range in Antarctica. Credit: NASA/Cindy Evans Larger image

Multiple satellites, including Europe's Sentinels, have captured images of two large icebergs that broke away from Antarctica's Nansen ice shelf on 7 April.

In the middle of the high Antarctic plateau, more than 500 miles from the South Pole, a small telescope is meticulously studying the clear polar skies.

The Lost Meteorites of Antarctica

A hidden reserve of iron-rich meteorites which could hold secrets to the formation of the Solar System may be hidden beneath the surface of the Antarctic ice sheet, according to a study by a team from The University of Manchester.

While winter is upon us here, it's nearing summertime in Antarctica, which for NASA's Scientific Balloon Program means one thing: anticyclone!

Ross Ice Shelf Seen From Space

The Ross ice shelf, Antarctica's largest ice shelf, as seen from EUMETSAT's Metop-A satellite (02/12/15 10:34 UTC).

ESA is looking for a medical doctor to live for a year in Antarctica at the FrenchItalian Concordia research station. Your job is to run experiments in the Antarctic wilderness that help to prepare for future spaceflight beyond Earth orbit.

NASA's Operation IceBridge, an airborne survey of polar ice, recently finalized two overlapping campaigns at both of Earth's poles.

The next crew to live and work at the Concordia Antarctic research station has arrived in the white desert.

The first supply aircraft in over six months landed at Europe's Concordia station on 6 November, bringing long-awaited equipment, food including fresh fruit and replacement personnel.

The 2015 Antarctic ozone hole area was larger and formed later than in recent years, said scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Concordia research station in Antarctica is a place of extremes. In winter no sunlight is seen for four months and the typical crew of twelve live in complete isolation.

A recent acceleration in ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica has been detected by ESA's ice mission.

A new NASA study finds the last remaining section of Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, is quickly weakening and likely to disintegrate completely before the end of the decade.

Astronomers building an Earth-size virtual telescope capable of photographing the event horizon of the black hole at the center of our Milky Way have extended their instrument to the bottom of the Earth -- the South Pole -- thanks to recent efforts by a team led by Dan Marrone of the University of Arizona.

The Italian French Concordia research station in Antarctica sits in the largest desert in the world.

Scientific Spring in Isolated Antarctica

In Antarctica, the crew of the FrenchItalian Concordia research station are preparing for the winter. They have to survive six months of complete isolation four in darkness because the Sun never rises above the horizon while they perform science in one of the most barren places on Earth.

Looking Under Antarctic Ice

This image shows a slice through almost 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) of ice spanning a few hundred kilometers on each side of the South Pole

Glaciers and mountains in the evening sun are seen on an Operation IceBridge research flight, returning from West Antarctica on Oct. 29, 2014.

Sea ice surrounding Antarctica reached a new record high extent this year, covering more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long-term satellite record to map sea ice extent in the late 1970s.

The University of Waterloo has unveiled a new satellite image of Antarctica, and the imagery will help scientists all over the world gain new insight into the effects of climate change.

Pollution Beat Explorers to South Pole

Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole in December 1911. More than 100 years later, an international team of scientists that includes a NASA researcher has proven that air pollution from industrial activities arrived to the planet's southern pole long before any human.