On March 14, the P-3B ready for start of arctic campaign carried Operation IceBridge scientists and instruments from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., to Thule Air Base in Greenland, where the Arctic 2011 campaign will be based. Credit: NASA/Jim Yungel
Thule Air Base is the United States Air Force’s northernmost base, located 1,207 km (750 mi) north of the Arctic Circle. Also 1,524 km (947 mi) from the North Pole on the northwest coast of the island of Greenland.
Thule Air Base is the US Armed Forces’ northernmost installation. Thule’s arctic environment includes icebergs in North Star Bay, two islands, a polar ice sheet, and Wolstenholme Fjord. Also the only place on Earth where four active glaciers join together.
Thule Air Base is home to the 21st Space Wing’s global network of sensors providing missile warning. Although the space surveillance and space control to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Air Force Space Command (AFSPC).