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On Wednesday at 00.15 UTC the last flight took off from the from the South Pole base.
Image by Sven Lidstrom courtesy Sven Lidstrom
SP base researcher Sven Lidstrom.
Image by Sven Lidstrom courtesy Sven Lidstrom
It will be 8 months before the plane returns.
Image by Sven Lidstrom courtesy Sven Lidstrom
Remaining on the base: over-wintering researchers isolated with their instruments in perpetual darkness soon to descend on Antarctica.

Image by Sven Lidstrom courtesy Sven Lidstrom

Last flight out of the South Pole, goodbye to Evans

Posted: Feb 17, 2012 10:05 pm EST

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(Newsdesk) On Wednesday at 00.15 UTC the last flight took off from the from the South Pole base. It will be 8 months before the next one arrives. Remaining on the base: over-wintering researchers isolated with their instruments in perpetual darkness soon to descend on Antarctica. It has been a dramatic anniversary season, celebrating the sweet triumph of discovery such as Amundsen's. The bitter cold now sweeping the continent with the approaching Antarctic night is one last reminder; of the cruel price some explorers have...

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