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Monday, December 2, 2019 - 1:00pm

Since it’s summer at the Pole, more people are arriving than leaving.  However, last week two people departed who had been at the Pole for an extended time—yes, we’re talking about Benjamin Eberhardt and Kathrin Mallot, IceCube’s winterovers for the past year, shown here among the red parkas walking toward the plane above.

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 9:45am

A plane landing in daylight means summer season and new arrivals at the South Pole.  So far things have started off busy for IceCube’s new winterovers. 

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 3:30pm

Things "warmed" up a bit at the Pole last week. And there were sun dogs back in the skies and some interesting snow formations on the ground. 

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 4:00pm

One of the first flights of the season is shown in this monochromatic image that rather dramatically portrays the desolate landscape of the Pole.

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 10:00am

Well, there it is, the first plane to arrive at the South Pole for the season—a Basler.   It only stopped long enough to refuel, but that was plenty of time to unload its precious cargo of fresh fruit.

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 3:45pm

The sun is well above the horizon, so there’s plenty of light for outdoor photography.  And IceCube’s winterovers got right out there to take some splashy photos—that actually involved a splash of sorts, by throwing water out into an arc overhead that quickly turned into a spray of ice crystals.

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 3:45pm

The sunrise is over now at the South Pole, with the sun fully risen.  But if you position yourself just so, near a large snowdrift, it can almost appear as though the sun is rising right there.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 9:00am

Some weeks at the Pole are quiet, and some—like last week—are busy. The IceCube detector had a number of hiccups that required the winterovers’ attention. On top of taking care of IceCube, there were plenty of other things to attend to as far as getting the station ready for the summer crews. 

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 3:45pm

The sky just gets brighter and brighter along the horizon.  And although auroras are exciting, the dawn sky with its changing colors holds its own special appeal.

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 10:30am

The sky is beginning to take on different colors at the Pole, depending on which direction you’re looking.  There’s a hazy band of orange along the horizon, but facing away toward the station the sky appears blue.