University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 52 at the Pole

Gwenhael De Wasseige, IceCube/NSF
Gwenhael De Wasseige, IceCube/NSF

The year’s end doesn’t mean an end to the work going on at the Pole. Last week, continued detector upgrades and some inventory tasks were on the work roster. There was also considerable progress made on a new IceTop snow-depth sensor project, documented in the image above. New Year’s Eve was celebrated with a festive party in the gym. And the traditional unveiling of the new geographic South Pole marker was held the next day. Tired or not from the previous night’s festivities, plenty of folks showed up for the event—and many hands made light work of moving the sign close to the new marker. A beautiful day for photos, and winterover James along with other Georgia Tech alumni seized on the opportunity.

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