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IceCube Jamesway Bubble Panorama

Sunday, December 26th, 2004

We use a Korean War era Jamesway, that has been set up next to MAPO. It serves as a testing facility for the optical modules, as well as an office and storage area.

The boxes with the optical modules can be seen just outside the Jamesway. The modules are packed in a way, that cables from the test equipment inside the Jamesway can be connected while they are still in the box. The tests verify that the modules are up to specs. Similar test have been done before shipping the modules, but after such a long journey we need to check again.

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Temperature: -21.0°C / -5.8°F, Windchill: -33.2°C / -27.8°F, Wind: NNE (33.6°) at 14.5 knt
Date: 2004-12-26 01:29:26 UTC

Update 2: IceCube Drill Camp Bubble Panorama

Sunday, December 26th, 2004

What a change. Compare this panorama of the IceCube drill camp on 26 December 2004 with the one from 23 November. Many new container buildings, cables, and hoses. The big hose winch, WOTAN, and the drill tower can be seen.

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Temperature: -21.0°C / -5.8°F, Windchill: -32.8°C / -27.1°F, Wind: NNE (29.9°) at 13.4 knt
Date: 2004-12-26 01:14:46 UTC

Drilling the First IceCube Hole

Monday, December 6th, 2004

We are getting ready to drill the first hole for IceCube. The drillers are setting up camp near MAPO.

IceCube: Setting up the drill camp
Keep out! Shipping label on one of the IceCube boxes. Filling the water heater with snow.
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