Prince Henry, Walking With The Wounded trekkers, arrive at NSF's Amundsen-Scott Pole Station
Participants given tour of station and science before departing on private flight
Raising awareness and funding to assist wounded service members, participants in an international, charitable trek across Antarctica arrived at the National Science Foundation's Amundsen-Scott South Pole station over the weekend.
Three teams of seven participants each--representing the United Kingdom, the United States and the Commonwealth, which consists of several countries long affiliated with the British Empire--took part in the Walking With the Wounded charity event.
One well-known participant was His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, more widely known as "Prince Harry," fourth in line to the British throne and a British Army veteran.
The teams arrived on Dec. 13 local time. U.S. stations in Antarctica keep New Zealand time.
Walking With The Wounded is a U.K.-based, non-governmental charity that funds both the re-training and re-education of wounded servicemen and women to help them find long term employment after leaving the armed forces. The group, according to its website, stages "extreme expeditions to illustrate the extraordinary determination and courage of our injured, using this platform to draw attention to the need to help in their career transition and to raise significant funds for charity."
Upon their arrival at South Pole Station, expedition members were welcomed by U.S. Antarctic Program personnel on site with a tour of the station dedicated to science.
Shortly after their tours, the expedition members departed on aircraft charted by their organization.
The South Pole is home to large-scale scientific experiments and detectors, including the IceCube Neutrino Observatory and the South Pole Telescope, both of which were recognized for their groundbreaking contributions to physics this week by Physics World magazine.
NSF, through its Division of Polar Programs, runs Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in its role as manager of the U.S. Antarctic Program, through which it coordinates all U.S. science on the southernmost continent and aboard ships in the Southern Ocean as well as the logistics need to support the science.
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