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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

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Oh sure, Sir Edmund Hillary has been badmouthing U.S. plans to build a crevasse-free route to the Pole; NSF is adamant that iceberg B-15A in no way threatens to hinder station resupply; and a backroom deal between the U.S. and Russia has been made in which the Russians will provide the U.S. with icebreaker support in exchange for begrudgingly helping the Russians retrieve their abandandoned thriftstore plane from Pole; but the really interesting news in McMurdo is this:

Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 4:51 PM
Subject: Missing Bottles

All,

There are some bottles of compressed gas missing from the Crary OSA area. This area is just across from the BFC behind the SSC.

Nitro Oxide - 200 lb cylinder x 1 - White

Pure Oxygen - 200 lb cylinder x 4 - Green without any white stripes

The cylinders missing are scheduled for science related activities and while all the bottles need to be returned, of greatest concern is the single bottle of pure Nitrous Oxide. Although this is used as a "Laughing Gas", in its pure form it is lethal and therein lies the concern. Would everyone please have a look around your work centers and if you suspect you have acquired it, please contact [Crary Lab].

[McMurdo Logistics Manager]

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