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GOES-3 Satellite Decommissioned After Linking Antarctica to the World For More Than 20 Years new item Jul 19, 2016

GOES-3 Satellite Decommissioned After Linking Antarctica to the World For More Than 20 Years

The National Science Foundation (NSF) late last month decommissioned a 38-year-old communications satellite that for 21 years had helped to link NSF's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station with the outside world. It was among the oldest, continuously operating satellites in the skies.


A Robotic Rehearsal for Interplanetary Exploration new item Jul 20, 2016

A Robotic Rehearsal for Interplanetary Exploration

It is no small undertaking to design and build a 25-foot-long underwater robot, launch it through a narrow hole drilled through 20 feet of sea ice, allow it to maneuver it autonomously through several kilometers of Antarctic Ocean for hours at a time and program it to pilot itself back to within a few feet of where it started. The simple part is that it at least takes place on planet Earth.


Little Pieces of Outer Space on the Frozen Continent Jul 7, 2016

Little Pieces of Outer Space on the Frozen Continent

The Antarctic ice is home to stuff "not of this Earth." Each year, scientists travel to remote sections of the frozen continent to look for these pieces of outer space. They're hunting for meteorites; the charred remains of asteroids and other space debris that fell to Earth. This year, after five weeks out in the field, the eight-person Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) team returned with 569 likely meteorites.


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