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Friday, March 17, 2017 - 12:15pm

A tree grows at the South Pole.  Well, not really.  It’s not an actual tree (rather, a sculpture made of copper), and it’s definitely not growing.  But it looks like a tree—great photo!  

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 12:30pm

It was rather overcast last week.  In fact, in this photo of the IceCube Lab (ICL), it’s almost hard to tell where the snowy landscape ends and the cloudy sky begins.  This view of the ICL is from the vantage point of the geographic South Pole. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 10:00am

Another week, another sun dog.  This nice photo taken of sun dogs at the Pole also shows off a blue sky, some low-lying clouds, and the South Pole Telescope far off to the left. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 3:30pm

A clear sky last week showed off some faint sun dogs around a bright sun.  Clear skies also made for fine flying conditions—the last flights to leave the Pole took off last week.  The station is officially closed for the season. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 3:15pm

Shadows are getting longer as the first large group of summer workers heads out from the Pole. Soon enough the flights will end, leaving the winter crew alone for the dark months to come. 

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 10:30am

Winter is just around the corner, but the South Pole greenhouse doesn’t know about it.  Fresh vegetables are growing in there.  IceCube winterover Martin had some greenhouse training last week, and harvested a striking (but not very ripe looking) tomato. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 10:30am

Doesn’t it sometimes seem that folks at the South Pole are always smiling?  Well, for many, getting to spend time at the Pole—extremely cold temperatures notwithstanding—is the dream of a lifetime.  Still, this group shot shows summer crew about to leave for warmer climes.  Maybe that’s why they’re smiling.  

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 1:45pm

Last week’s photos sum up the main activities for IceCube folks currently at the South Pole—snowmobiling, shoveling, and sunbathing. 

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 2:30pm

Wait a minute—seals? penguins? at the South Pole?  Well, you’re right to wonder, because the climate at the South Pole, in central Antarctica, is too harsh for survival even for animals adapted to lower temperatures.  But winterovers deserve a break from Pole life when possible, and IceCube winterover Martin made it to McMurdo station last week for a few days of R&R, where he was able to capture penguins, seals, and a skua—all in the same shot. 

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 11:15am

A relatively quiet week at the Pole … but sunny!  IceCube winterover Martin captured a bright, radiating sun as it appeared to rest on the roof of the IceCube Lab (ICL).  Sunny or not, no flights made it in or out last week, postponing Martin’s week of R&R that had been scheduled.