Antarctica's weather is extreme. The coldest reading on Earth was recorded at Vostok Research Station in 1983. An unimaginable reading of minus 128.6 degrees Fahrenheit was obtained by scientists. We have no concept of how cold that is.
My second oldest brother used to live in Fairbanks, Alaska where minus 40 or even minus 50 degrees was possible. I always wanted to visit once during the winter to see if the body can tell the difference between minus 20 and something 20 or more degrees colder.
Thanks to the work of two researchers, we are more knowledgeable about the impact of frigid temperatures.
Passel was a team member on Admiral Byrd's third Antarctic expedition. The team left Boston Harbor on a steamer named the North Star on November 15th,1939. The 25 year old Passel signed onto the mission as geologist, his primary task during the next two years was to collect rock samples and map the geologic features in Antarctica.
Passel referred to this expedition as the last of the "romantic expeditions" as they relied on dog sleds and skis for most of their transportation during the nearly two years they lived on the Ross Ice Shelf.