University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 45 at the Pole

Christian Krueger, IceCube/NSF
Christian Krueger, IceCube/NSF

A steady wind shows the flags at the ceremonial South Pole aligning themselves quite neatly. Flying conditions were good for most of the week, with several incoming flights bringing more summer visitors to the Pole, including the first IceCube team members to join the winterovers this season. But weather worsened toward the end of the week, delaying the departure for the outgoing winterovers, Stephan and Erik. Apparently that’s Erik in the photo below, sitting on the road to the Dark Sector, which is in the path of the skiway and where Erik found himself just a minute too late and had to wait about 20 minutes until the skiway was clear to cross again. In the fun-and-games arena, last week ushered in the opening of disc golf season at the Pole, with the first disc thrown by station mechanic James McMichael (bottom photo).

Christian Krueger, IceCube/NSF
Christian Krueger, IceCube/NSF
Christian Krueger, IceCube/NSF
Christian Krueger, IceCube/NSF