Week 48 at the Pole

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 12:30pm

View of convoy of tractors approaching on snow
Yuya Makino, IceCube/NSF

Some of the long-awaited cargo arrived at the Pole last week, allowing delayed projects, like upgrading servers in the ICL, to get underway.  The ICL was a busy place, with snow vehicles, large crates, and crews standing at the ready, prepared to open and distribute the crates’ contents.  Perhaps just as (or more?) exciting, the South Pole traverse arrived last week, shown above.  The traverse travels overland to bring more than 100,000 gallons of fuel to the South Pole that would otherwise need to be flown in (we’ve talked about the traverses before).  IceCube winterover John got to check out the view from the driver’s seat of one of the traverse’s tractors.  

ICL with large cargo crates out front
John Hardin, IceCube/NSF

View from behind of group of people waiting to deal with cargo
Yuya Makino, IceCube/NSF

Close-up head-on view of catepillar snow tractor
Yuya Makino, IceCube/NSF