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I have no specific sources to cite, but years ago it seemed we had more general knowledge & study of the Moon than of Antarctica...
...Now however Antarctica is more studied than the Moon, & relevant to general space exploration...

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closed as off-topic by Robert Cartaino Jan 27 '14 at 16:33

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  • "This question is about other space sciences (physics, weather, astronomy, etc), and does not directly pertain to space exploration as outlined in the help center." – Robert Cartaino
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  • $\begingroup$ This isn't really about the subject of space exploration, but we DO have a skeptics site which is about challenging notable claims you encounter. Check it out and see if it is appropriate there. Perhaps it has already been asked and answered. $\endgroup$ – Robert Cartaino Jan 27 '14 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ It's also quite an apples-and-oranges comparison. How do you quantify knowledge about two completely different research subjects? $\endgroup$ – Philipp Jan 28 '14 at 12:40
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    $\begingroup$ I'll try to check the skeptics site to see if i misunderstood the order in which we learned about Antarctica & The Moon. But we now know far more about Antarctica & it's absolutely relevant to space exploration: Discovery of life, drilling, terraforming, etc etc. $\endgroup$ – Space Librarian Feb 4 '14 at 0:38
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This is unlikely. After World War 2, dozens of countries opened research stations on Antarctica. There are more than 50 stations at the moment, many of them operate year-round. Hundreds of scientists get the opportunity to visit and study Antarctica each year.
This is in sharp contrast with 6 manned Moon missions totaling a few weeks of human presence on the Moon, plus some unmanned probes.

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