portal to the South Pole.
Scott and Amundsen arrived in 1910
departing to footnote and immortality
adventurers seeking glory for ego and country
science a hitchhiker contributing to the costs.
In 1956 science was in the driver’s seat
chauffeuring International Geophysical Year
and the United States into a permanent presence
bringing the Navy for logistics.
Food becomes rations
catering henceforth messing
transport rechristened pax movements
cargo ops – formerly freight.
IGY finished in 1958
science stayed on
so did the Navy
contracting out less glamorous functions.
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1200 people fed in 90 minutes
three times a day
pot washing for eight hours at a time.
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