Thursday, February 7, 2013

Britain’s £26m mobile research centre 'sliding' across the Antarctic


Looking like the AT-AT Walker from Star Wars, Britain's £26m mobile research centre is slowly sliding across the Antarctic to be in place on the Brunt Ice Shelf - a floating sheet of ice about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the edge of the South Atlantic.

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This state of the ary and the cutting-edge research station is going to explore the frozen continent. Its peculiar spaceship design will prevent station from being buried under the snow. In fact it is the world's first movable research centre designed specifically to be towed around to avoid it being buried under snow in the unforgiving region.

The British Antarctic Survey said Wednesday that the Halley VI Research Station, designed by British firm Hugh Broughton Architects, is the sixth facility to occupy the site on the Brunt Ice Shelf. Halley, named for astronomer Edmond Halley, has served as a scientific research site for more than 50 years.


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The AT-AT Walker from Star Wars bears a striking resemblance to the new Antarctic research station

It may be added that most of the previous stations were crushed under the weight of the polar snow, while Halley V had to be abandoned due to fears that the station would be lost if the ice sheet split apart, said survey spokesman Paul Seagrove.

Read more about it at: Mail Online

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