University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 19 at the Pole

NSF/I. Rees
NSF/I. Rees

A bright moon hovers above a row of summer camp buildings at the South Pole. It’s not summer there now, of course, but with such a brightly lit sky, the winterovers may be having flashbacks to a time not so long ago when the sun shone down on this camp. They still have a way to go before the sun rises here again, with lots of photos to take in the meantime.

But … what if your camera broke? IceCube winterover Ian’s camera did just that—it stopped working on a day when it seemed everything was breaking down. And it’s his only camera, to boot. Disassembling the camera provided a better look but no easy remedy.

So, where does that leave Ian? Will he be able to continue taking great photographs at the South Pole? Or will he be left to simply “enjoy the moment?” Stay tuned.

NSF/I. Rees
NSF/I. Rees