University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 42 at the Pole

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

After a long, cold winter at the South Pole, it might be hard to decide which is more exciting: the first plane of the season or its contents. Apparently, people get pretty excited at the sight of a bowl of tangerines after going without any fresh fruit for eight or nine months. Still, they were also pretty thrilled to watch the first basler plane land, especially after spending a few weeks getting the fuel pit and runway prepared in advance. The first plane didn’t stay long—after a quick refueling, it was off to McMurdo Station. A second plane that also made a pit stop last week at the South Pole stayed a bit longer due to weather.

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