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Newly arrived passengers getting on a transport vehicle to be taken from the Ice Runway to McMurdo Station
Photo Credit: Bobby Werner

2012-13 research season begins

First planes bring 130 scientists and support personnel on Oct. 1

The 2012-2013 Antarctic research season began Monday, Oct. 1st, 2012. A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster External U.S. government site and an Australian Airbus-319 transported cargo and 130 U.S. Antarctic Program External U.S. government site participants from Christchurch, New Zealand to McMurdo Station External U.S. government site. During the month of October, more than 20 additional flights will transport hundreds of scientists and support personnel to Antarctica. The photo above shows newly arrived passengers getting on a transport vehicle to be taken from the Sea Ice Runway to McMurdo Station. The austral summer season lasts from October through February when 24 hours of sunlight provides a prime opportunity to conduct scientific research on the seventh continent.

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Curator: Peter Rejcek, Antarctic Support Contract | NSF Official: Winifred Reuning, Division of Polar Programs