In the northwest of Greenland, near Qaanaaq (the town in the northern part of the Avannaata municipality in northwestern Greenland) there’s an abandoned Nike-Hercules missiles launch site at Thule Air Base.
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The Thule Air Base was constructed in total secrecy by the US military under the code name ‘Blue Jay’ in 1951. An armada of 120 shipments, 12,000 men, and 300,000 tons of cargo arrived in North Star Bay in July 1951, and construction immediately began. Living on board the ships and working around the clock, most of the airfields and base were built in only 60 days.
In 1959, after several years of intensive ice sheet research, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) built Camp Century 204 km east of Thule Air Base on the main divide of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS)
Nike Hercules Missile underground launch facility. Rain and snow fall in from vents. The snow will melt in the summer but since the water has nowhere to go, it is slowly filling up the facility, freezing layer by layer. Ice covering the floor is over 3 feet thick and melts very little in the summer.
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He was awarded the 2009 Korea Foundation Professional Award for his research on Korean Smart Cities, as well as the 2016 Korea Development Institute, Global Ambassador Award for SD and Innovation. Mr. Gregory Hooqe served for LG Technology Center and has been teaching and consulting at Shaanxi Railway Institute and KDI.