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Exploratorium media specialists and producers are traveling to Alaska, Greenland, and Antarctica to produce videos, webcasts, and other media on polar science for Ice Stories. Check out our crew dispatches for a slice of life in the field at the top and bottom of the world.

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Observation Tube at the Penguin Ranch

PENGUIN RANCH, MCMURDO SOUND, ANTARCTICA-- (By Ron Hipschman) At the Penguin Ranch, the scientists not only observe the penguins above the ice, but also below the ice. They do this with the "observation tube". Anchored above a hole in the sea ice is a tube... {Read More »}

Static Scarf

MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA-- (By Ron Hipschman) I met Mary and Lisa for breakfast and Mary is bending over looking at her scarf. Watch the video to find out what she sees... {Read More »}


MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA-- (By Ron Hipschman) In this video I thought it might be interesting to give you a sense of McMurdo by taking you from our office in Crary Lab, where most of the polar scientists do their work, on a short journey outside... {Read More »}

Arriving on the Southernmost Continent

MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA-- (By Ron Hipschman) Five hours after boarding our flight in Christchurch, New Zealand, the intrepid Exploratorium crew arrives on the southern-most continent. As soon as the aircraft door opens and we feel the chill of the polar air... {Read More »}

In the Cockpit

MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA-- (By Mary Miller) My dad used to fly in Antarctica in the 1970s. In this video dispatch, I go up to the cockpit of the same type of plane as we fly above the icy continent... {Read More »}

Transportation in Support of Science: The LC-130 Hercules

SUMMIT CAMP, GREENLAND– (By Lisa Strong-Aufhauser) We, but even more so, I, spent a lot of time in LC-130 Hercules transport planes operated by the U.S. Air National Guard out of Stratton Air Force Base in New York... {Read More »}

Transportation in Support of Science: The Twin Otter

ILULISSAT, GREENLAND– (By Lisa Strong-Aufhauser) An aircraft we never did get to fly in while it was on its science mission was a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter... {Read More »}

Transportation in Support of Science: Helicopters

ILULISSAT, GREENLAND-- (By Lisa Strong-Aufhauser) In a place as remote as Greenland, getting science done takes a lot of planning, logistics, and, let’s face it,… {Read More »}


ILULISSAT, GREENLAND-- (By Lisa Strong-Aufhauser) Mosquitoes are a fact of life in Greenland, so we quickly learned. I gave blood first in Kangerlussuaq. I made the mistake of wearing flip-flops... {Read More »}

At the Lakes on the Ice Sheet

ILULISSAT, GREENLAND-- (By Mary Miller and Lisa Strong-Aufhauser) In this video, we are alone at a science camp where ice cracks can suddenly appear and drain vast lakes in less than an hour... {Read More »}