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A C-17 touches down on the Phoenix Airfield, the first landing of a wheeled aircraft on the new landing strip. Phoenix Rising
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Monday November 21, 2016

When a C-17 cargo plane landed at McMurdo Station's recently completed Phoenix runway on Tuesday, Nov. 15, it meant that the station's newest airfield had passed its final test and is now ready to receive planes and passengers from the U.S. Antarctic Program's port of departure in New Zealand as early as February.
Diver Steve Rupp looks up from under the sea ice while testing one of the rebreather systems. A Re-Breath of Fresh Air
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Tuesday November 01, 2016

Over the past few years, there have been major advances in scuba equipment. However, Antarctica is a harsh continent, as the saying goes, and new technology and techniques have to be carefully tested before they are allowed into the field. This season, the McMurdo Station scientific dive team is evaluating the safety of new "rebreather" diving systems that have been growing in popularity.

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