Week 44 at the Pole

A person in shadow, having just launched a weather balloon, with the balloon a few meters above the ground and intersection the halo around the low sun in the sky.
Marc Jacquart, IceCube/NSF

This could be IceCube winterover Marc’s last weather balloon launch at the South Pole. And what a nice image, with a sun halo in the sky as a backdrop. Marc has helped launch quite a few balloons during his time at the Pole, but that time is now dwindling, for both him and fellow IceCube winterover, Hrvoje, seen below taking in the fresh (cold!) air in an outdoor hammock. They are wrapping things up and getting ready to train their replacements, who could be arriving any day now—although the vagaries of Antarctic travel mean one must always be ready for delays. In the meantime, the winterovers were also busy taking care of some detector issues, none that weren’t quickly resolved. And, even though IceCube personnel weren’t on it, another plane arrived last week, bringing new people to the Pole and taking away other winterovers who have already finished their assignments.

Smiling face and mittened glove all that show from a hammock stretched across outdoor platform at the South Pole station.
Marc Jacquart, IceCube/NSF
Winterover bent over computer rack in the IceCube Lab.
Marc Jacquart, IceCube/NSF
A Basler plane parked on the ice in the distance, with a lone passenger walking along worn path in snow to the station.
Hrvoje Dujmovic, IceCube/NSF