Week 8 at the Pole

Last week was relatively quiet at the Pole, offering a good opportunity to get out and reflag the flag line between the IceCube Lab (ICL) and the station.  They drill new holes and replace flags as needed to keep the line well maintained.  The flags are easy to see now while the sun is still […]

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Week 7 at the Pole

Well, now it’s official—the South Pole station has closed for the winter.  Above is a great shot that IceCube winterover Martin captured of the last passenger-carrying plane to depart.  Below, the plane is shown being refueled, followed by a view of its take-off as it heads for McMurdo captured from the station’s observation deck.  The […]

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Week 6 at the Pole

It’s still light outside, but winter at the South Pole is fast approaching.  There were both arrivals and departures last week, and we can see that the departures (above) well outnumbered the arrivals (below).  At this point, all the winterovers who will remain on station for this winter have arrived, and team building activities are […]

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Congratulations, Frank Schroeder, 2021 Sloan Research Fellow!

IceCube collaborator Frank G. Schroeder, assistant professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Delaware and the Bartol Research Institute, has been selected as a 2021 Sloan Research Fellow in Physics as announced today. According to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Sloan Research Fellowship is one of the most prestigious […]

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Congratulations, Carlos Argüelles, 2021 Sloan Research Fellow!

IceCube collaborator and Harvard physics professor Carlos A. Argüelles Delgado has been selected as a 2021 Sloan Research Fellow in Physics. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation publicly announced this year’s fellows today. The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. The two-year fellowships are awarded every […]

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Week 5 at the Pole

Last week at the Pole, the fuel arrived.  A lot of it!  It takes a lot of fuel to keep things operating all year long in this extreme environment, and like any other cargo, all that fuel must be transported in some way to this remote locale.  That’s where SPOT—the South Pole Overland Traverse—comes in.  […]

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IceCube celebrates the 6th International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, an observance established by the United Nations “[i]n order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.” The IceCube Collaboration took part in this […]

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Week 4 at the Pole

If you want to take inventory of a shipping container’s contents, you have to get inside first.  And if your container is at the South Pole, that can mean moving a whole lot of snow.  As we’ve said before, for a place that’s essentially a winter desert, there’s a lot of snow accumulation at the […]

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