MAKERS ON ICE

IN ANTARCTICA, MAKER SPIRIT IS THE KEY TO SURVIVAL.

Written and photographed by Joe Mastroianni

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POLAR SOLAR: The team’s TAISU carbon-sensing device, with wi-fi observation camera, at the top of the Bonney Riegel in the Antarctic Dry Valleys.

JOE MASTROIANNI is a Silicon Valley engineer, polar explorer, entrepreneur, builder of large musical tesla coils, science fiction writer, mountain biker, musician, husband, and father.

ANTARCTICA BREAKS THINGS. Stuff that should be bulletproof just dies, and the nearest replacement part is more than 2,000 miles away, on a much warmer and more civilized continent. During my six trips to Antarctica ...

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