In the name of science, research and dashing daring-do, a team of Purdue academics will travel to Queen Maud Land, a one-million square-mile slice of Antartica (Norway says it belongs to them), to form the first wave of the United States Antarctic Program’s 2017-2018 Field Session.

They’ll spend two months in a combination of hard shelters and tents, battling the fatigue of 24-hour sunlight, below-freezing temperatures and cuttings winds to measure sections of sheet ice.  The team’s Herculean efforts provide data for the study of climate change in different eras of Earth’s history.