University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 51 at the Pole

Benjamin Eberhardt, IceCube/NSF
Benjamin Eberhardt, IceCube/NSF

The second South Pole Overland Traverse (SPOT) arrived and toured the IceCube Lab last week. Defueling the SPOT bladders can be a rough job, especially if the weather’s bad. IceCube winterover Benjamin helped out, operating the pumphouse to transfer the 110,000 gallons of fuel (yes! it’s a lot) from the traverse into the station’s storage tanks. Benjamin also helped park a Herc, below—here under skies that couldn’t have been clearer. The IceCube detector was well behaved, leaving plenty of time for gingerbread baking and decorating.

C. LaPrad, NSF
C. LaPrad, NSF
J. Hensel, NSF
J. Hensel, NSF
Kathrin Mallot, IceCube/NSF
Kathrin Mallot, IceCube/NSF