Tag Archives: Antarctica

Airplanes

I’m back in New Zealand, after a night in McMurdo and C-17 flight from there to Christchurch arriving early yesterday morning. It amazes me how distant Antarctica feels already. Transit between South Pole and New Zealand generally involves two flights on one or two types … Continue reading

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Midwinter Greetings

Midwinter, the June Solstice, is probably the most universally celebrated holiday in Antarctica. No matter what station you’re on, or what calendar you use, Midwinter marks the point where the sun is furthest away. For us at Pole, Midwinter is the … Continue reading

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90° South, and windchill

Over the last few weeks, I read through 90° South by Paul Siple, a book mainly about the first winter people spent at Pole (1957). It’s an interesting look into the beginnings of the USAP, during a period in Antarctic history that … Continue reading

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Pictures from Across the Continent

My regular reader might recall a post from New Years, in which I artfully illustrated an atmospheric phenomena on a legal pad. From Halley 6, where they still have sunlight, we have pictures of a similar light show on Anthony’s … Continue reading

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Aerial Photos

If you have a fancy camera at South Pole Station, you might get asked to shoot the annual aerial photos. As luck had it, that was one of my random jobs last week! Our schedule for the photo flight was … Continue reading

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Geographic South Pole marker

Our new marker is a sundial!  Dana Hrubes won the design competition, which is held over the winter, and Steele Diggles did the machining.

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Flying

This morning, a wisp of a plan has coalesced. I’ll be leaving for New Zealand, then on to Antarctica, sometime in the next couple-to-several days. Weather and logistics permitting, this will involve flights 19 through 23 this year. I don’t … Continue reading

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