Mass Exodus

Inspecting that shiny new medal.

Last Sunday we had the traditional winter-over ceremony. Nice things were being said and we got our Antarctica Service Medals. They have been awarded in one form or another since 1945 and the first recipient was Admiral Richard E. Byrd. In 1960 its current form was introduced:

The ribbon of the Antarctica Service Medal is elaborate in its symbology. The outer bands of black and dark blue comprise five-twelfths of the ribbon’s width, representing five months of antarctic darkness; the center portion, by its size and colors – grading from medium blue through light blue and pale blue to white – symbolizes seven months of solar illumination, and also the aurora Australis.

Although the former rigors and dangers of antarctic exploration have largely been banished by technology, the words on the reverse of this medal are yet a wise injunction to those who go to the Antarctic:


(Antarctic Journal of the United States, November-December 1968, pages 241-244)

Monday night the first LC-130 Hercules made it to the Pole and it was time for a large group of winter-overs to leave.

Mass Exodus
The first LC-130 of the season is Final good byes. Off they go.
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Most everyone came out to the flight deck to say good bye to our fellow winter-overs. Today will see the arrival of more than 65 new Polies. Winter is now truly over and summer craziness begins.

[tags]Antarctica, South Pole, LC-130[/tags]

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2 Responses to “Mass Exodus”

  1. kiwon
    October 31st, 2007 17:42

    Congrats on the successful winter-over! I salute you for delivering us a great season of data.

  2. steffen
    November 1st, 2007 07:40

    Hey Kiwon,

    Thanks. Hope things are going well for you in Boulder.