Week 39 at the Pole

Low visibility view of a flagline near the geographic South Pole sign.
Moreno Baricevic, IceCube/NSF

Last week was another quiet week at the Pole. And it was cloudy and windy again, with the slowly rising sun mostly obscured in the sky. IceCube’s winterovers were paged a few times to go out to the IceCube Lab, so they were out and about in the cloudy, windy landscape. Above we see the flagline going past the geographic South Pole, while below is a close-up view of the South Pole Telescope. The winterovers also participated in a station-side emergency response drill, simulating injuries in the aftermath of an explosion. They had to use their imaginations for that one.

Close-up of the South Pole Telescope during early twilight conditions.
Wenceslas Marie-Sainte, IceCube/NSF