JPL/Antarctic Ice Borehole Probe Project
Dr. Alberto Behar serves as JPL's chief engineer on the Antarctic Ice Borehole Probe Project. Behar and his colleagues spent three months in subzero temperatures studying the dynamics of the West Antarctic ice sheet. The size of the United States and Mexico combined, the Antarctic ice sheet may hold a gold mine of information, including the mechanisms by which ice flows from this area to the oceans. Studies show that significant changes in glacier melting and flow rates could considerably impact sea levels and global warming.
The science team used an ice probe, equipped with lights and two cameras, to capture the first-ever video and still images deep within Antarctic ice streams. This project also serves as a stepping-stone in the development of technology capable of withstanding extreme ice and liquid environments on Earth and other planets.
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