Week 44 at the Pole

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 2:15pm

four people in parkas on snowdrift, three standing on lying down
Raffaela Busse, IceCube/NSF

And then there were four.  Last week saw the arrival of IceCube’s two new winterovers, Kathrin and Benjamin, joining departing winterovers Raffaela and Johannes before they leave the Pole.  On their first visit to the ICL, they set up a camera timer to capture a group photo.  But the timer was a bit fast for getting back into their planned arrangement atop a giant snowdrift—so, antics ensued.  

It was straight into training for the newcomers, who participated in a hand-over drill of the fire team.  Because of other delays, they got to take the scenic route and arrive in a smaller jet from McMurdo, with a nice clear view.

four people standing/playing on snowdrift
Raffaela Busse, IceCube/NSF

close-up of two firefighters in gear
Rob Streeter, NSF

group of firefighters in gear and training for simulated emergency
Rob Streeter, NSF

aerial view from plane of antarctic range
Benjamin Eberhardt, IceCube/NSF