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First Person

1,800 miles to go

Anthony Goddard, a software developer in Woods Hole, is providing the science know-how to two British explorers aiming to copy Robert Scott’s century-old foot trip across Antarctica.

I don’t know how many in the scientific community would see [Scott’s fatal Terra Nova expedition] as any sort of failure. They collected the longest unbroken record of meteorological observations from down there to date. And because it was such a long unbroken record, it was used for years to come.

The main experiment that [the current expedition is] doing is rerecording the measurements that were taken in 1911 and 1912. We chose a lightweight weather station for them to use: During the day, they pull this unit out and set it to record for as long as they can. That will capture a whole host of meteorological recordings, like wind speed, windchill, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure — there are about 15 different measurements.

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