Taking the Point
When scientists who come to Palmer Station need access to the islands and ocean waters nearby they have had only a few options available. Until this season. The R/V Point Sur, which is part of the UNOLS research vessel fleet, made a guest appearance in 2013.
The New York Air National GuardÂs 109th Airlift Wing marked its 25th anniversary of supporting the U.S. Antarctic Program during the 2012-13 summer field season.
Riding the Line
The Fuels Department at McMurdo Station keeps the U.S. Antarctic Program moving. It's not a job for the faint of heart, as fuelies must work on the coldest days, whether it's tranferring fuel across 14 miles on an ice shelf or emptying a tanker ship of five million gallons of gas.
The marine-based Palmer Station, located off the western edge of the Antarctic Peninsula, relies on Zodiacs for scientific work around the region. The inflatable boats now have a home of their own at Palmer to improve small-boat operations.