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The Cosmic Dust Sucker sits on the edge of the South Pole's clean air sector, pulling in air and filtering out micrometeoroids. The Cosmic Dust Sucker
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Wednesday January 04, 2017

The Earth is constantly showered with micrometeorites, every minute of every day. These interstellar particles are no bigger than a grain of sand, but are falling out of the sky everywhere. Collecting this cosmic dust, and separating it from terrestrial contamination, has led scientists to the most remote corner of the planet.
Vickie 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.

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