It was a busy week at the Pole. Not because of IceCube but due to the station closing—there are always lots of preparations to be made before hunkering down for the many months of isolation and darkness. Also, the airfield gets quite busy near closing, with the Air Guard flying up to five Hercs a day. IceCube winterover Raffaela was out helping park a Herc, at top. Johannes caught some more sun dogs last week, at bottom, taken from the top of the station.