Week 4 at the Pole

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 10:30am

Group posing outside before departure from South Pole

Doesn’t it sometimes seem that folks at the South Pole are always smiling?  Well, for many, getting to spend time at the Pole—extremely cold temperatures notwithstanding—is the dream of a lifetime.  Still, this group shot above shows summer crew about to leave for warmer climes.  Maybe that’s why they’re smiling.  Below, you might not be able to discern a mouth, but you can immediately tell that there’s a smile on the face peeking out from the polar bear costume.  That’s Kate Miller, a teacher visiting through the PolarTREC program, wrapping up her trip with some dress-up fun—generating false animal sightings (you’ll find no actual polar bears or penguins at the South Pole).

Posing in polar bear costume at the ceremonial South Pole
Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF

In penguin costume, sliding on ice, belly down.
Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF