Week 45 at the Pole

Last week, there were a lot of “firsts” for IceCube’s two new winterovers, Moreno and Celas. One of these firsts was doing snow measurements at all the IceCube surface stations, a task done in the summer season when you can see what you’re doing outside. Martin and Josh showed them the ropes as they all […]

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Week 44 at the Pole

Last week, Moreno Baricevic and Wenceslas “Celas” Marie-Sainte, IceCube’s two new winterovers for the 2021-2022 season, arrived at the South Pole. They appear in the image above along with Josh Veitch-Michaelis and Martin Wolf, IceCube’s outgoing winterovers. This changing of the guard happens every year, but timing doesn’t always allow for a group-of-4 photo. Before […]

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Week 43 at the Pole

The IceCube detector may have been quiet, but there was plenty of other activity last week at the Pole.  First up, shoveling snow. IceCube winterovers tackled the mounds of snow that had accumulated on the steps and platforms outside the IceCube Lab.  Above is the “after” photo, below is the same spot only a week […]

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Week 42 at the Pole

Another plane arrived at the Pole last week to refuel before continuing on to McMurdo Station. This one, however, departed with a couple of additional passengers. Two of the 39 winterovers who have been isolated at the South Pole station for the past nine months boarded that plane as the first leg of their journey […]

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Week 41 at the Pole

What started out as a relatively quiet week at the Pole ended with some excitement. First, there was an incoming flight. After eight months of isolation, these were the first visitors to arrive at the station. But they only stopped briefly to refuel on their way from Rothera Research Station to McMurdo Station. Since outdoor […]

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Week 40 at the Pole

Last week was relatively quiet at the Pole. But with station opening just a few weeks away, the station personnel had their final all-hands meeting, at which they held their yearly raffle of flags that had been outside all winter. The harsh elements take a toll on these flags, so come summer, they get replaced, […]

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Week 39 at the Pole

Last week, the intrepid South Pole station winterovers got themselves together (all but two of them!) for an outdoor group photo. With the sun out, it’s easy to forget just how cold it is there. They picked a vantage point behind the South Pole Telescope where the other major facilities could be seen on both […]

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Week 38 at the Pole

It was sunrise last week at the Pole. But first, let’s take a look at that moon. IceCube winterover Martin was outside with his camera, and the image above shows how beautiful the sky looked opposite from the sunrise. The moon was full and low in the sky, while the horizon was blurred with hazy […]

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Week 37 at the Pole

Sunrise is a prolonged event at the South Pole. But even though it hasn’t “officially” arrived yet (it will be soon), they held their celebratory sunrise meal last week. The station galley staff put out an array of heavy hors d’oeuvres followed by a ribeye steak dinner (no photos, but we can use our imagination). […]

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