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Flying through the Transantarctic Mountains

SOUTH POLE, ANTARCTICA-- On my way to McMurdo for some quick dental repair, I was able to capture some spectacular video of the Transantarctic Mountains... {Read More »}

The South Pole’s Best View

SOUTH POLE, ANTARCTICA-- Take in the view, see some of the ARO (Atmospheric Research Observatory) meteorological tower instruments, and watch a LC-130 Hercules land from one of the best views at the South Pole... {Read More »}

The Pegasus Wreck

SOUTH POLE, ANTARCTICA-- Soon after we took off I saw something in the snow from the window and I took a photograph of it. When I zoomed in on the photo I discovered that it was a crashed plane!... {Read More »}

Back to the Future: Meet our Flying Laboratory

MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA-- Imagine it's 1942 and you are a pilot ferrying a brand new Douglas C-47 twin-engine airplane from the factory in sunny Santa Monica, California to England to support the Royal Air Force's efforts to stop Hitler... {Read More »}

Exploring the Unexplored Continent

MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA-- I'd like to do a little scene-setting here and explain what it's like to explore the interior of Antarctica. Using your imagination, consider an area a bit larger than the contiguous United States and Mexico combined... {Read More »}

Packing Cores: A Critical Piece of the Puzzle

WAIS DIVIDE, ANTARCTICA: Before we start drilling again this season, we are shipping out about 1,000 meters of ice that overwintered here are WAIS Divide... {Read More »}

Interview with the Outgoing South Pole Winter-over

SOUTH POLE, ANTARCTICA-- Well, after numerous weather delays, I arrived at the South Pole on October 27th. The previous winter-overs running the Atmospheric Research Observatory, LTJG Marc Weekley and engineer Patrick Cullis, were there to greet me at the ski-way... {Read More »}

Welcome to Greenland!

KANGERLUSSUAQ, GREENLAND-- Today Kaitlin Keegan, a first year PhD student at Dartmouth College, and my field assistant, and I flew from Scotia, NY, to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, our first stop on the way up to the Danish deep drilling camp, NEEM... {Read More »}

Altocumulus Standing Lenticular Clouds

SOUTH POLE STATION, ANTARCTICA-- On December 16, I flew to the South Pole. To get to the pole, we fly on specially outfitted LC-130 Hercules cargo planes which are operated by the New York Air National Guard. These planes have skis on them so they can land on the ice runway... {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 »}