Image of the Week: Penguins Watch Research Ship
In this photo, taken by Christine Hush from the National Science Foundation, Gentoo penguins watch the Research Vessel Laurence M. Gould near Petermann Island. The Gould is one of two research vessels operated by the National Science Foundation.
The Gould is a 76 meters in length, and is ice-strengthened (Ice class ABS A1). The Gould replaces the R/V Polar Duke, which was chartered by NSF from 1985-1997. The Gould, a multi-disciplinary research platform, is designed for year-round polar operations and can accomodate 26 research scientists for missions up to 75 days long. Its primary mission is to support research in the Antarctic Peninsula region and to resupply and transport researchers and staff between Palmer Station and South American ports.
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