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3). Construction of runways in Antarctica is largely a matter of grading to establish alignment and elevation combined with compaction of the snow. To date, no major hard-surface runways have been constructed on the icefree surfaces, because of the economical techniques with snow and ice. The snow-ice surface has a bearing capacity suitable for large landing loads, either for wheeled aircraft or for ski-equipped planes. Runway maintenance, however, has been a problem. Intense solar radiation causes blackbody objects to melt downward into runway surfaces; grease and other debris F I G .
Search and rescue systems (SAR) and on-site field repair capabilities have been essential to the success of both traverses and aircraft operations in Antarctica (Fig. 6). 20 Vehicle use 30 (km) 450 Range 1180 (m) Nodwell Rn-10 Width (m) (kg) Length (km/hr) (kg) mass Speed VEHICLES designation Payload ANTARCTIC Vehicle Operating TABLE I X . A N T A R C T I C RESEARCH A N D L U N A R EXPLORATION 27 F I G . 5. Six t o e i g h t s c i e n t i s t s u t i l i z i n g t h r e e o r f o u r m o t o r t o b o g g a n s c o n d u c t g e o l o g i c a l r e c o n n a i s s a n c e for a p p r o x i m a t e l y 9 0 d a y s in t h e a u s t r a l s u m m e r .
That direct benefits cannot be realized is more a function of traditional cost accounting systems than of its inability to identify the " r e a l " economic contribution that the programs make. (10) The effect of international treaties governing the conduct of states in hostile, ungoverned areas, as demonstrated by the 1959 Antarctic Treaty, has been to provide an operational framework which accelerates national exploration programs and international cooperation. That this effect will eventually be felt in the lunar program should be both anticipated and considered in long-range planning.