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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.
There's nothing but the barren polar plateau for hundreds of miles around Ridge A, home to the HEAT Telescope. Getting to the Bottom of SPICECORE
Science / Ice and Snow
Tuesday April 12, 2016

The South Pole Ice Core project, known more succinctly as SPICECORE, wrapped up its two-year drilling effort at the South Pole in late January, having exceeded even their most ambitious goals. Researchers collected ice samples from 1,751 meters (5,744 feet) below the surface, more than 200 meters (656 feet) deeper than their original target.

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