Laurence M Gould prepares to depart Palmer Station
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Laurence M. Gould prepares to depart Palmer Station

February 25, 2014
Personnel at Palmer Station in Antarctica, serving as line handlers, untie the research vessel Laurence M. Gould from the station's pier in preparation for its departure. The ship serves as a research platform as well as a logistics vessel, bringing personnel, cargo and fuel to the station, which is located off the Antarctic Peninsula, a four-day ride across the Southern Ocean from Chile. The National Science Foundation runs the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP). In addition to maintaining three U.S. research stations on the continent, USAP supports research projects in an array of scientific disciplines including, for example, aeronomy and astrophysics, biology and medicine, geology and geophysics, glaciology, and ocean and climate systems. Outreach such as the Antarctic Artists and Writers program and education programs are also supported. (Date of image: May 21, 2013) Credit: Bob DeValentino, National Science Foundation

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