Night at the South Pole

“Operation IceBridge” featuring Dr. Nathan Kurtz

 Night at the South Pole will take place Thursday, December 28th. Beginning at 6pm, the night will start with a discussion taking place at the Ft. Madison Labor Hall, or Newberry Center, at 728 ½ Avenue G. Join us afterward to continue the conversation informally at the Hill Side Inn, 1135 Avenue E, just a few blocks down. We are asking participants to patronize the services of Hill Side Inn.

Attendance to Night at the South Pole is free and open to the public. “Operation IceBridge” is a breakthrough study utilizing air flight mission to study thickness of sea ice particularly in the region of the South Pole. Because of “Operation IceBridge,” Dr. Kurtz and his team of scientists have paved a new way for digital mapping. If you have no science background, you should not worry. This is an introductory discussion and no prior knowledge of NASA’s programs is required.

Night at the South Pole is an event discussion led by Dr. Nathan Kurtz, research scientist at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center in Maryland. Dr. Kurtz is a Ft. Madison Iowa native who graduated from Aquinas High School in Ft. Madison in 2000.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Physics at Iowa State University in 2004.  He went on to receive his Masters and finally his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2009.  He has worked on “Operation IceBridge” out of NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center first as a Post-Doctoral student, then as a Mission Scientist, and in 2015 was appointed as the Project Scientist of IceBridge.  He currently resides in Crofton, MD, with his wife, Li, and his two sons, Rylan and Sam.

You won’t want to miss this discussion from one of NASA’s leading scientists. If you would like more information, please contact Jeff Kurtz by email at or by phone at 319.470.9990.

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