A Journey Through the Beautiful Antarctica

The Milky Way shines above in the night sky near McMurdo Station on June 6, 2016. Below is the site of the NASA Near Earth Network satellite dish, known locally as the “golf ball,” which is one of three U.S. space communications networks collecting data from polar-orbiting satellites. In the distance on the right is a science project called SuperDARN (Super Dual Auroral Radar Network), which monitors the highest layers of the Earth’s atmosphere. It is one of several science projects that is maintained through the winter at McMurdo.

Photographer: Joshua Swanson / National Science Foundation

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