University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 48 at the Pole

Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF
Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF

Not many people have the opportunity to go to the South Pole. It’s remoteness and extreme climate make traveling there complicated, and access to the South Pole station and other research facilities at the Pole is restricted or limited at best. For the few tourists determined to visit, it can be a very expensive trip. That said, visitors do appear, sometimes bearing a bit of celebrity cachet. Last week saw Buzz Aldrin on station, creating quite a … well, you know, buzz stir. Members of the National Science Board were also there last week and were treated to several talks about current research at the Pole. But even without visitors, there was a lot going on for IceCubers on station. Not only did they have a large container of cargo to unload, but it arrived with much of it soaked, making the task all the more cumbersome.

Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF
Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF
Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF
Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF
Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF
Martin Wolf, IceCube/NSF
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