Although winter is fast approaching and the sun is quite low, there is still plenty of daylight for taking outdoor photos.
The sun is getting noticeably lower in the sky at the South Pole. IceCube’s winterovers also note that it’s starting to get cold.
Last week was relatively quiet at the Pole, offering a good opportunity to get out and reflag the flag line between the IceCube Lab (ICL) and the station.
The South Pole station has closed for the winter, as the last plane carrying passengers leaves the Pole.
It’s still light outside, but winter at the South Pole is fast approaching, and departures last week.
well outnumbered the arrivals.
It takes a lot of fuel to keep things operating all year long at the South Pole, and all that fuel must be transported to this remote locale.
If you want to take inventory of a shipping container’s contents, you have to get inside first, and that can mean shoveling snow first.
It doesn’t snow much at the South Pole but there is lots of snow that accumulates there, and sometimes it needs to be moved.
The first full week of the year was a busy one! So much going on… The IceCube detector was well behaved, but there were still several maintenance items to take care of.
The South Pole has its traditions for ringing in the new year, which includes a ceremony at the geographic pole to set a new pole marker into place.