This Endless Vastness of Golden Ponds Looks Like the Sunset In a Different PlanetS

Out there, in the vastness of space, there's a billion worlds that look like this at sunset. Ice and water, but full of life under the ocean. However, this alien scene of endless ponds is right here on Earth:

Sunsets started to tease the Arctic horizon as scientists on board the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy headed south in the Chukchi Sea during the final days collecting ocean data for the 2011 ICESCAPE mission.

The ICESCAPE mission, or "Impacts of Climate on Ecosystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment," is a NASA shipborne investigation to study how changing conditions in the Arctic affect the ocean's chemistry and ecosystems. The bulk of the research took place in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in summer 2010 and 2011.

Yes, I want to enroll in NASA not only for the spaceships. [NASA Goddard Flickr]

Image by Kathryn Hansen