A very cold Internet star was born in October when a NASA investigation flight on Antarctica captured a photo. While some people were joking about a possible alien origin, NASA now has evidence of Berg's very terrestrial journey.
Initially scientists thought that the strange iceberg, photographed by the IceBridge operation team, had recently moved away from the ice shelf of Larsen C. This is the same ice shelf that gave usin 201
Researchers have paved the starting point of the iceberg with the help of NASA Landsat 8 images and the Sentinel-1 satellites of the European Space Agency.
The iceberg originally departed from the ice shelf in November 2017. It floated north in a water channel between the ice shelf and the A-68 iceberg.
"The berg of the rectangle, once long, did not come out unscathed, but it turned into smaller fragments", reports the NASA Earth Observatory. The iceberg seems to be more a trapezoidal shape than a pure rectangle in a Landsat 8 satellite image of October 14, a few days before the IceBridge operation identified it.
The infamous geometric iceberg shone brightly, but briefly. NASA says it has moved to open waters where it will melt in the hottest environment.