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Press Release 10-109
Satellite Used in Polar Research Enters Retirement

Satellite supported important research and medical missions in Antarctica for more than a decade

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Photo of the TDRS during its deployment by the crew of the space shuttle Challenger in 1983.

A photo of the TDRS during its deployment by the crew of the space shuttle Challenger in 1983. The satellite played a variety of roles during its functional lifespan, including over ten years of providing high-speed data connections for the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and the United States Antarctic Program.

Credit: Courtesy of NASA Johnson Space Center Collection


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