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Driver Manuel Garcia climbs into the driver's seat of the enormous Kress, one of the vehicles specially outfitted for driving passengers around McMurdo Station. Podcast: McMurdo Station On The Move
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Wednesday August 02, 2017

Mass transit may not be one of the first things that comes to mind when thinking about operations on the icy continent, but without it McMurdo Station wouldn't function. The Antarctic Sun is taking a behind-the-scenes look at the workers and what they do to make science at the bottom of the world possible. This week: The Shuttles Department.
The Icebreaker USCGC Polar Star sits docked at McMurdo's ice pier, while the research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer waits in the channel cut into the ice by the icebreaker. The End of Summer Armada
Features / Operations
Monday February 13, 2017

Over the course of about three weeks, a flotilla of ships docked at McMurdo Station to help both McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott Couth Pole stations restock and prepare for next year. As the austral summer season draws to an end, an annual succession of ocean-going vessels travel to the station to break a channel through the sea ice, remove unneeded equipment and waste and deliver cargo and fuel.

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