The Coldest Place on Earth
Antarctica's Vostok Station is the coldest place on earth. On July 21, 1983 the mercury dropped to -129 F. In 1997, Vostok purportedly broke its own record, reaching -132 F, which is colder than dry ice. Vostok is a Russian research station that opened in 1957. During the winter months of the year in July and August (Antarctica is in the southern hemisphere), record-cold temperatures have been recorded at the station. Even in the summer months, temperatures dip to well below freezing in this area of the world.