The environment the scientists worked in was not close to one of the permanent research stations. Workers had to tow sleds with 400 tons of equipment and fuel to the locations, and ski-mounted planes dropped other people at the site.
The camera provided the first view that people have seen of the zone where a glacier goes from resting on bedrock to floating on seawater. A probe with sensors was lowered (by my former UCSC earth science professor Slawek Tulaczyk!) through another drilled hole so it can monitor temperatures and ice sheet movement for the next several years.