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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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The GRIPS scientific payload hangs suspended over the frozen surface of McMurdo Station’s Long Duration Balloon field as one of launch crew looks on. 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.
Researcher Erin Pettit (left) and guide Phil 'Chucky' Stevens take notes while looking over the ice covering the Scar Inlet. Capturing a Collapse
Science / Ice and Snow
Tuesday September 27, 2016

Not much remains of the Larsen B Ice Shelf, but what is left can teach scientists a lot about how mighty masses of ice fall apart, especially when its last lingering sliver finally crumbles. Researchers traveled to the Scar Inlet along the Antarctic Peninsula to study the remnants of the former ice shelf in February to better understand the peril that glaciers around Antarctica are facing.
In the Antarctic twilight, two members of the sea ice team inspect a crack in the sea ice. The Last Winfly
Features / Operations
Wednesday September 21, 2016

Since 1967, Winfly has been the transition period between the winter and summer seasons. However next year, as the station starts to transition into year-round science operations, flights will be flying to and from the station roughly once a month throughout the winter, negating the need for that early cluster of flights.

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