If you’re into cool things and science, you’ll love the new Armed with Science series, “Dispatches from Antarctica,” which provides an inside look at OPERATION: DEEP FREEZE, the military’s support of National Science Foundation (NSF) research in Antarctica.
The series features daily blog posts from U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ed Vaughan, commander of the McMurdo Station Detachment of Joint Task Force – Support Forces Antarctica, covering the people, places, and things he encounters during his 50 days supporting NSF’s science mission.
Here’s a quick recap of this week’s dispatches from the ice!
Repairing a Crack in the Seasonal Ice Runway. Follow Gary Cardullo, U.S. Antarctic Program Airfield Operations Manager as he rushes to fix a 60 foot long crack in the seasonal ice runway.
Where’s the Romance?. Antarctica is romantic in the classical sense of adventure and exploration, but living there is a whole different story!
Weather Conditions “Like No Other”. The Antarctic weather conditions are truly like no other on earth, which means that accurate weather forecasting is extremely important for C-17 flights. Make sure to watch the video of an inbound C-17 flight as seen from different people with different perspectives.
Dr. Pauline Yu Talks Sea Urchins and Climate Change. An interview with Dr. Pauline C. Yu, National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs Postdoctoral Research Fellow from the University of California, Santa Barbara, who is in Antarctica to study how climate change impacts sea urchins.
Living at McMurdo Station #1. Vaughan provides a first-hand look at the living conditions at McMurdo Station, including the ever-present sooty dust he refers to as “uncoffee”. Starbucks anyone?