Week 51 at the Pole
The second South Pole Overland Traverse (SPOT) arrived and toured the IceCube Lab last week. Defueling the SPOT bladders can be a rough job, especially if the weather’s bad. IceCube winterover Benjamin helped out, operating the pumphouse to transfer the 110,000 gallons of fuel (yes! it’s a lot) from the traverse into the station’s storage tanks. Benjamin also helped park a Herc, below—here under skies that couldn’t have been clearer. The IceCube detector was well behaved, leaving plenty of time for gingerbread baking and decorating.