A plane has gone down with three on board in Antarctica.
How could they have let them fly in that kind of weather? NASA would never have taken such a risk, because space research is much less important than Antarctic research.
[Update a few minutes later]
So, if they don’t survive, will Antarctic researchers shut down all operations until they’ve had a national commission investigate it, perhaps for years? That’s what NASA/Congress would do.
In my book, I go through the litany of the number of problems they’ve had at Scott-Amundsen Station, and conclude:
…despite all of these problems, one of them fatal (and Nielsen might have lived longer had she gotten better treatment sooner) there has never been a call by anyone to spend billions of dollars on a unique specialized emergency vehicle to provide 24/7/365 access to and from the Antarctic station, though given sufficient resources some clever engineers could probably come up with such a thing. And unlike NASA, the National Science Foundation has (sensibly) never gotten those kinds of resources. Because we recognize that sometimes research is worth taking risks for, and that the lives of the researchers do not have infinite value, or even billions of dollars worth of value. Except, inexplicably, when it comes to space research.
I may add this incident to the book.