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Christchurch is the home of the United States/New Zealand polar logistics center and is the jumping-off point for the flight to Antarctica. (iStockphoto)

Day 1: A Stopover in New Zealand

As the first Smithsonian secretary to set foot on Antarctica, Secretary Clough prepares for his trip from a research center in Christchurch

9. And, I saved the best for last: According to the International Antarctic Centre, hair grows at twice the rate in the Antarctic as it does elsewhere on the planet.

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