|October 1997||Volume XXXII--Number 2|
For the first time in 160 days, the sun begins to rise over McMurdo Station, Antarctica, on 19 August 1997. Though austral spring is still a month away, the sun's return means resumption of flights to and from the base--and the end of isolation for the 154 Americans who spent the winter at the station. Within days of the sunrise, 60 new staff members as well as fresh food, newspapers, and mail were delivered to McMurdo. The rising sun also marks the beginning of a new field season on the southernmost continent.
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