University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 10 at the Pole

Johannes Werthebach, IceCube/NSF
Johannes Werthebach, IceCube/NSF

It takes a long time for the sun to set at the South Pole. Maybe just as well for last week. It allowed IceCube’s winterovers to continue taking outdoor photographs of the landscape, and it gave them some light to see what they were doing while out in the field, driving around and measuring the snow height at all the IceTop stations. The sunlight didn’t warm things up, though—they were working in –52 °C temperatures. Yikes. Indoors they had fun participating in a special webcast that connected five middle schools in Texas on a virtual 24-hour field trip that covered the seven continents.

Johannes Werthebach, IceCube/NSF
Johannes Werthebach, IceCube/NSF
Johannes Werthebach, IceCube/NSF
Johannes Werthebach, IceCube/NSF
Johannes Werthebach, IceCube/NSF
Johannes Werthebach, IceCube/NSF