Video 7: Laboratory on the Ice

Student viewers encounter key aspects of physical and space science, such as the electromagnetic spectrum, the composition of the atmosphere, and the nature of meteorites.

  •  "'Spaceship,' South Pole." Viewers fly to the South Pole and slide to a halt in one of the enormous, ski-equipped "Hercs," then set out on an expedition of the "three South Poles."

  •  "Astronomy @ 90 South." Using NASA animation, this segment reviews why the high, dry polar plateau provides one of the best places on Earth for conducting astronomical research.
  •  "The Antarctic Search for Meteorites" documents the challenging conditions experienced by scientists collecting rocks from space, including the celebrated-but still mysterious-Martian meteorite, ALH84001, discovered in Antarctica in 1984.







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