The Cosmic Dust Sucker
Secretary of State John Kerry Travels to Antarctica
Sixty Years Of South Pole Flights
Features / Back in the Day
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.
Bigger Boats, Better Science
Features / Operations
Friday October 14, 2016
Two new boats on their way to Palmer Station will soon allow researchers to dramatically extend their time out on the water, and the distance away from station theyâre able to travel while reducing their risk and exposure to the elements. The new Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs), scheduled to arrive in the coming months, will complement the fleet of smaller boats already at the station.
GRIPS' Moment Under the Sun
Science / Space and Atmospheric Physics
Wednesday October 05, 2016
As a giant helium balloon lifted the alabaster solar telescope GRIPS (Gamma-Ray Imager/Polarimeter for Solar Flares) aloft, the excitement on the ground was palpable. The team of researchers, who had spent seven years working on the project, jumped for joy and snapped photos of their experiment in the air for the first time.