A team of pilots and a medical worker are in the midst of evacuating a sick staff member from a science base near the South Pole. The rescue attempt is considered treacherous given the extreme midwinter temperatures and distances involved.
This is one of the most fascinating images of Mars I’ve ever seen. The perspective—captured by Mars Express—makes it feel like I’m standing under our closest planetary neighbor, looking up at its south polar ice cap and its billion-year-old cratered highlands. In other words, this is Mars’ nether regions.
Polar explorers Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere of the Scott Expedition have successfully reached the South Pole—on foot. When Gizmodo last saw Saunders, he was here with us in New York City walking us through the expedition's high-tech gear and looking ahead to where he and L'Herpiniere might be before the New…
Right now three people are competing in a bike race from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole. The winner will be the first person to bike there ever. And 35-year-old Maria Leijerstam is attempting to trike there on a really weird/badass-looking tricycle.
There's a new Geographic South Pole Marker, a pretty shiny metal pole that marks the actual geographic pole. Since the ice sheet that covers Antarctica moves, the previous marker moves along—about 10 meters from its real position. So the scientists from the Amundsen-Scott base celebrate each New Year by unveiling a…
Headed out to explore the frigid Arctic? Better pack some blow. Scottish author Gavin Francis details the medical supplies early 20th century expeditions took on their treks to the South Pole, and they read more like the inventory list of a heavily stocked drug den than a voyage to the coldest place on the planet.
This is Aleksander Gamme, a Norwegian man who had been wandering the South Pole for 86 days when he found his last cache hidden in the snow—one he left on his way in. He didn't take notes and he couldn't remember what was in it.
Does it get cooler than this? A telescope, called BICEP, collecting data on BLACK BATTER, located on the SOUTH POLE. I think that it does not. It's hard to believe something this incredible looking is found on earth.
2010 was a great year for Science. NASA's space plane (and the Dolly lineage) were resurrected while a
Neturino observatory was built under the South Pole. Check out our best science stories of the year!
In 1910, two expeditions, one led by an adventurer, the other by a scientist, raced to become the first to reach the South Pole. Only one of the teams had the equipment and experience necessary to make it back alive.