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Fifty years ago, Lois M. Jones and her research team made history by being the first all-female research team to work for the U.S. Antarctic Program. Before flying to Antarctica, the all-female team from Ohio State University posed for a photo in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Left to right) Kay Lindsay, Terry Tickhill, Lois Jones and Eileen McSaveney. When Women Reached the Ice
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Monday October 14, 2019

In 1969, Lois M. Jones and her science team made history as the first all-female research team to work for the US Antarctic Program. They were studying the erosion of rocks in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, the subject of Jones's doctoral thesis the previous year. They made history as the first all-female science team on the continent and the first women to reach the South Pole, paving the way for countless women to follow in their footsteps.
The R4D-5 Skytrain Que Sera Sera is parked at the South Pole behind the American flag after landing at the South Pole in 1956, the first plane ever to do so. Sixty Years Of South Pole Flights
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Thursday October 27, 2016

On October 31, 1956, a plane descended out of the clear, blue sky at the bottom of the planet. The twin-engine R4D-5 Skytrain, named Que Sera Sera, touched down on the frigid Antarctic plateau just yards away from the unmarked geographic South Pole. Though other planes had flown over the pole, this was the first ever to land there.

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