Week 45 at the Pole
The time has come for the changing of the guard. Above, (L-R), Carlos Pobes, Felipe Pedreros Bustos, Blaise Kuo Tiong, and Sven Lidstrom pose in the South Pole "departure lounge." Pedreros Bustos and Kuo Tiong are stepping in as the 2012-2013 IceCube winterovers, replacing Pobes and Lidstrom, who have been at the station since November of 2011. They’ll have a few days all together as the new winterovers orient themselves to their surroundings and detector troubleshooting duties. The plane taking off, below, is not carrying Sven and Carlos away—just yet.