The Antarctic continent - picture 53 of 60
© by Alexander Gerst 2002
The coldest place on earth.
Temperatures below -89°C were measured on the Polar Plateau. It is assumed that winter temperatures drop even lower than that at remote places of the plateau. Considering this, it is not surprising that the outfit of polar scientists somewhat resembles a space suit. Indeed the conditions on the Polar Plateau are not unlike they are on Mars. For this reason, astronauts regularly train and test their equipment in Antarctica.
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