With 16K Condoms, Antarctic Base Ready for Winter

Polar base all set for lights out
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2008 7:13 AM CDT
McMurdo Station, the most populated place in Antarctica, will not see another sunrise until August 20.   ((c) elisfanclub)
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(Newser) – The McMurdo Antarctic station got a vital shipment last month just before the southern winter descended—a year's supply of condoms. Some 16,500 condoms were delivered to the base's 125 staff. Supply flights won't resume until after the sun rises again in August, when the polar station's population begins to swell to more than 1,000, reports New Zealand's Press.

"There are some people that tend to get a little bit bored but, for the most part, people who come down here know how to occupy their time," said the station manager. (Read more Antarctica stories.)