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New NASA Aircraft May Take Mission To Antarctica

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - On top of scheduling launch dates, NASA is busy bringing in a new aircraft for future missions.

On Friday, Wallops Flight Facility acquired a C-130, which officials tell us is a four-engine turbo-prop aircraft. It's designed to carry out flights even in the roughest conditions, including to Antarctica, a trip that, officials say, could happen in the near future.

"There's a lot of science interest in Antarctica currently," said NASA research pilot Alan Barringer. "The Air Force flies C-130s to Antarctica with skis. That would be a growth potential here we could possibly do."

Before setting out for Antarctica, scientists will take the C-130 to Greenland this September for cryogenic surveys.

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