Week 48 at the Pole

Four winterovers seen from behind while they walk side by side to the South Pole Telescope in the distance on the horizon, under a very clear blue sky.
Kalvin Moschkau, IceCube/NSF

There was plenty of activity last week at the Pole. IceCube’s winterovers attended a presentation by the Antarctic operations manager, did some maintenance tasks out at the IceCube Lab, and participated in ERT training, which involved a staged explosion in the generator room as a prompt for a mass casualty incident drill. The winterovers received training on using an ultrasound machine and practiced providing medical assistance to “victims” as part of the exercise. At the end of the week, they trekked out to the Dark Sector to swap facility tours with the South Pole Telescope team. Below we see IceCube winterover Kalvin climbing into the BICEP array. For a nice black and white image of the BICEP, click here, and for the full gallery of these exquisite South Pole photos, click here.

A smiling winterover seen climbing a ladder as they emerge through an opening into the BICEP telescope.
Connor Duffy, IceCube/NSF