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“Week at the Pole”
Monday, April 6, 2020 - 10:45am

Now that the sun has set, indoor leisure activities have taken hold.  It turns out the station gym is just big enough for last week’s new sport, wiffle ball.

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 2:30pm

It finally happened—the lowering sun disappeared below the horizon at the South Pole, leaving everything in dusk.

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 3:45pm

So, is it a watercolor or a photograph?  Well, it is a photograph, but the hazy bands of color in the sky make it definitely reminiscent of a watercolor.  

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 12:00pm

With temperatures around –50 °C (–58 °F) and winds at 15 knots (over 17 mph), there’s no getting around the frosty face look when you’re out walking around at the South Pole. 

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 10:00am

After the South Pole station closes for the winter, the remaining winter crew has a few short weeks to take care of any outdoor business before the sun sets and leaves them in darkness for months. 

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 9:00am

A few aircraft stopped at the South Pole last week for refueling.  The plane here is a Basler BT-67, flying for the Australian Antarctic Program.

last LC-130
Monday, February 24, 2020 - 11:15am

So that’s it—the station has officially closed, leaving 42 individuals at the Pole to take care of business during the winter months.

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 12:00pm

Since the sun will soon be gone for quite a long stretch, you might as well try to get as much of it while you can.  Last week, IceCube winterover Yuya did just that with his camera, capturing a nice time-lapse of the sun around midnight that made a little “smile” in the sky.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 11:45am

The last of IceCube’s summer crew have departed from the South Pole, leaving IceCube winterovers John and Yuya on their own.  They are well trained and ready for their adventure. 

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 4:30pm

Last week the IceCube team completed their planned upgrades for the radio and scintillator arrays.  Here we see an antenna that got deployed on the ice.