Week 43 at the Pole

Small plane in foreground parked on the ski way, IceCube Lab off in distance on horizon.
Marc Jacquart, IceCube/NSF

Summer season has begun—there were two flights in and out of the Pole last week. The first flight just stopped for refueling (below) after flying through South America on its way to McMurdo Station. But they left behind some fresh fruit (or “freshies,” as they call them)—a very welcome sight after 8 months of no fresh produce from the outside world. The same plane returned later in the week from McMurdo, bringing 14 new people to the South Pole and taking away 6 of the last season’s winterovers on its way back out.

Wide-angle view of South Pole ski way with Basler plane parked during refueling.
Hrvoje Dujmovic, IceCube/NSF
Bowls lined up on cafeteria shelf, each containing a single variety of fresh fruit.
Hrvoje Dujmovic, IceCube/NSF
New arrivals to South Pole in red parkas walking on ski way after getting off plane.
Hrvoje Dujmovic, IceCube/NSF