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South Pole From The Air II

Following yesterday’s post, here is part two of our aerial photography mission.

This set of images takes a closer look at the Dark Sector, where all the telescopes are located. There is SPT, which just had its first successful season, BICEP, which will go into its third and last season, and QUAD, which will finish its last season in a few weeks. The AST/RO telescope was decommissioned at the end of 2005, but the building is still around. The ground shield of the decommissioned VIPER telescope can also be seen. Since all of the IceCube detectors are in the ice, the only things that can be seen is the building housing the readout electronics (ICL) and some of the drillcamp buildings, already positioned for the upcoming season.


South Pole from the Air: Dark Sector
Several generations of telescopes: AST/RO (all the way in the back, now defunct), QUAD, VIPER (now defunct), BICEP, and SPT. MAPO with the QUAD and now defunct VIPER telescopes. DSL with BICEP on the roof and SPT on the left.
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And last but not least some pictures from inside and around the aircraft:

South Pole from the Air: Foreign Legion
Refueling before takeoff. Sven't turn to sit in the copilot's seat. You better dress warmly when flying at -50°C with an open window.
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