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ickie Siegel and Josh Moor prepare the underwater autonomous vehicle ARTEMIS to dive under the ice. A Robotic Rehearsal for Interplanetary Exploration
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Monday July 11, 2016

It is no small undertaking to design and build a 25-foot-long underwater robot, launch it through a narrow hole drilled through 20 feet of sea ice, allow it to maneuver autonomously through several kilometers of Antarctic Ocean for hours at a time and program it to pilot itself back to within a few feet of where it started. The simple part is that it at least takes place on planet Earth.
The ANSMET team looks on as mountaineer John Schutt uses sterilized tongs to pick up and take a careful look at a meteorite before bagging it for later study. Little Pieces of Outer Space on the Frozen Continent
Science / Ice and Snow
Tuesday July 05, 2016

The Antarctic ice is home to stuff "not of this Earth." Each year, scientists travel to remote sections of the frozen continent to look for these pieces of outer space. They're hunting for meteorites; the charred remains of asteroids and other space debris that fell to Earth. This year, after five weeks out in the field, the eight-person Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) team returned with 569 likely meteorites.

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