Monthly Archives: July 2014

Dark Sector: Neither dark, nor a sector. Discuss.

Another aurora shot off the DA deck, and probably one of my last photos from this winter with the milky way visible. When it’s clear out, it’s not too hard to see where the sun is, so it’s just a matter … Continue reading

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The Arches Again

This is what the outside of the Logistics Arch and VMF Arch look like from the outside, when they’re reasonably cleared out.

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Weather

One of the rare times when windchill is relevant here, happened today.

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Frost

At the far end of the fuel arch is an escape stairwell up to the surface. It’s cold, and very still in the stairwell, so some really interesting frost forms in there – I presume from the breath of the occasional … Continue reading

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Arches

  Much of the food and fuel we burn here at South Pole is stored in “the arches”. These are essentially big arched steel structures, which are now buried under the snow next to the elevated station. There are four arches; the … Continue reading

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Independence Day

A bit over a week ago, we had a fun little party in the VMF – Vehicle Maintenance Facility – to celebrate the 4th. Actually, we had the party on the 5th, when it was the 4th in the US … Continue reading

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Food Repair

One unfortunate aspect of life at the South Pole is that most of our food is either frozen, or comes from the limited range of plants we can grow in the hydroponic greenhouse. Our cooks do an awesome job of turning the resources available into … Continue reading

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