The last flight from Antarctica for the next eight months left on February 15th. This means that the crew of about 50 people at the United States Amundsen-Scott Research Station are, in essence, cut off…besides the internet and some phone access.
For six of the eight months, the crew will only see darkness outside the walls of the research station. The sun in Antarctica will set in March and not rise again until sometime in September. The United States has maintained a year-round presence in the area since 1957.
Antarctica is one of the harshest climates in the world. It is the cold, driest and windiest place on the planet. In the winter months, temperatures can get as low as -73 Celsius.
How would you handle being cut off during the harshest season of the year?
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