(Popular Science) The South Pole sits thousands of miles from civilization, atop a 9,000-foot-thick ice sheet. It's night there now, and will stay night until September. The temperatures average around negative 80 degrees Fahrenheit. And a scientist with a medical emergency needs to be rescued, in the first South Pole rescue mission since 2003.
The National Science Foundation, which runs the research station, had to be convinced to send an emergency plane to rescue the unnamed scientist.
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On June 14, after a day and a half of deliberation, they agreed: A plane departed from Calgary, Canada and will arrive in the middle of the largest desert on the planet after a five-day trip, as long as the weather holds up. Then, it’ll turn around and bring the patient thousands of miles to a facility where they can get the treatment they need.