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Friday, October 18, 2013

Government Shutdown Disrupts Scientists’ Work in Antarctica

A NASA scientific balloon awaits launch in McMurdo, Antarctica, in a picture taken in December 2011. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

A NASA scientific balloon awaits launch in McMurdo, Antarctica, in a picture taken in December 2011. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

The 16 day government shutdown, despite being over, continues to affect the scientific world — all the way to the poles of the Earth.

The beginning of Antarctica’s research season begins in October and lasts about five months, until February — the region’s warmer months.

This means many scientists were delayed in starting their work and some wondered if they would lose the entire season.

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