by The Associated Press
Thursday, March 25, 2010
DENVER -- A plane outfitted to measure greenhouse gases has taken off from Colorado on the first leg of a 24-day mission that will take it back and forth across the Pacific Ocean from the Arctic to the Antarctic.
The National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder is managing the three-year project. The current mission is the third out of five.
The Gulfstream V flew from a Boulder-area airport to Anchorage on Wednesday.
From Anchorage, it will fly over the northern polar region, then to Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand and the southern polar region before retracing its path to Alaska and returning to Colorado in mid-April.