Week 7 at the Pole

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 9:00am

sideview of Basler aircraft front end
Yuya Makino, IceCube/NSF

Although the station is officially closed, there were still some “visitors” last week.  A few aircraft—two Baslers and one Twin Otter—stopped at the South Pole for refueling.  The plane above is a Basler BT-67, flying for the Australian Antarctic Program, and in the distance you can see the IceCube Lab.  Also last week, IceCube winterover John organized a lecture on particle physics for the other winterovers, which was well attended.  And IceCube winterover Yuya got in some outdoor photography, capturing nice shots of the planes as well as one of the various South Pole telescopes under a low sun, in the second to last image. Below that is Yuya in his photographer’s stance as he took the photo.

Person giving a talk to group gathered around conference room table
Yuya Makino, IceCube/NSF

Front head-on view of Basler plane, on the ground with propellers in motion
Yuya Makino, IceCube/NSF

Rear view of Basler aircraft
Yuya Makino, IceCube/NSF

South Pole telescopes along horizon, under blue sky, shadowy snow surface
Yuya Makino, IceCube/NSF

Photographer lying on the snow taking a shot (of previous image)
Geoffrey Chen, SPT/NSF