That huge rectangular iceberg that freaked out numerous individuals about two weeks ago was not the only curiously sharp-angled slab of ice NASA snapped that day. The Operation IceBridge flight two weeks ago captured a subsequent, tinier rectangular iceberg as well. As the DC-8 moved over the northern Antarctic Peninsula that day, Jeremy Harbeck, IceBridge senior support researcher, was searching for a diverse chunk of ice: the Delaware-sized iceberg that gave birth to the Larsen C ice shelf in July 2017.
In NASA’s latest news release, Harbeck stated that he was more interested to capture the A68 iceberg that the research team was about to jump over. Harbeck added that the rectangular iceberg was visually attractive and comparatively photogenic. So, he captured a few photos of the same. The chunk, known as a tabular iceberg, also seemed to be from Larsen C. However, it was found to be cleaved off much more lately.
On a similar note, scientists at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) revealed their latest discoveries. They announced that the latest discoveries might be responsible for broadening the importance and range of a potential Pluto orbiter mission. The recent discoveries represent a fuel-saving orbital journey. They also highlight that an orbiter can continue the research in the Kuiper Belt after Pluto survey. The results of these researches are scheduled to be disclosed at a seminar on forthcoming Pluto and Kuiper Belt study this week at the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences meeting, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Dr. Alan Stern, Associate Vice President, planetary scientist, is the leader of the latest the SwRI research. Initially, the research team disclosed how several vital scientific goals can be met employing gravity supports from Pluto’s giant satellite, Charon, rather than propellant. Reportedly, this study will let the orbiter to move its orbit continuously to discover numerous aspects of Pluto, such as its five moons, its environment, and its solar wind interactions in the upcoming period.