Antarctic Wonders

This beautiful aerial photograph shows a multi-layered lenticular cloud hovering near Mount Discovery in Antarctica, a volcano about 70 kilometers (44 miles) southwest of McMurdo. The shot was taken by scientist Michael Studinger on November 24, 2013 as he was flying over the area as part of NASA’s Operation IceBridge campaign. IceBridge is an airplane-based mission to fly over Antarctica and the Arctic, monitoring conditions there until NASA’s new ice-watching satellite, ICESat-2, launches in 2016. ICESat-1 was decommissioned in 2009 and IceBridge aircraft have been flying ever since, maintaining NASA's eyes on the ice.


Photo courtesy of Michael Studinger, Operation IceBridge project scientist. Caption adapted from content by Adam Voiland, NASA Earth Observatory.

Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.