Toured McMurdo Station, and Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station with researchers of U.S. Antarctic Program
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) — “I was pleased to meet many Texans working on research crucial to our national security, including a Laredo native. Travelling to Antarctica over the Thanksgiving recess was an experience I'll not forget, and will help guide my work on the Appropriations Committee,” said Cong. Henry Cuellar, who recently participated in a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) to Antarcticawhere he looked to witness the ongoing research activities being carried out by American scientists and servicemembers.
"Thank you to the National Science Foundation for organizing the trip and the United States and New Zealand militaries for ensuring our safety in temperatures thirty degrees below freezing,” said “Cong. Cuellar
Dr. Cuellar was joined by with other members of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR-3), who led the delegation, and Reps. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA-14) and Tony Gonzales (R-TX-23).
The delegation toured the McMurdo Station and the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station and met with senior staff and researchers of the United States Antarctic Program and the National Science Foundation.
The members also toured the Joint Spacecraft Operation Center (JSOC) located at McMurdo Station to learn about weather monitoring activities conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).