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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...

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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...

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Glue Genes
Science / The Biological World
Wednesday December 14, 2016

At the mouth of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, along a small spit of land called New Harbor, a team of scientists and divers have worked for decades to unlock the genetic secrets...

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The Polar Geospatial Center
Science / Earth
Wednesday November 30, 2016

The icy surface of Antarctica is a dynamic environment; and conditions can change drastically from year to year or even week to week. Because of these endless changes, making a map of...

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Phoenix Rising
Features / Operations
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...

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Secretary of State John Kerry Travels to Antarctica
Features / Life on the Ice
Tuesday November 15, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry visited McMurdo Station on November 11, 2016, becoming the first Secretary of state to travel to Antarctica, and the most senior U.S. government official to do so....

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Diver Steve Rupp looks up from under the sea ice while testing one of the rebreather systems. A Re-Breath of Fresh Air
Features / Operations
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.
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
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.
The new Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats were tested off the coast of Long Beach, California, prior to their deployment to Palmer Station. 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 they’re 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.

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