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South Pole Trip Diary

Friday, February 22nd, 2008
The Economist

Even The Economist has now jumped onto the Climate Change bandwagon. As part of their global warming series they have published Michelangelo D’Agostino’s diary about a trip to the South Pole. He describe the experience rather accurately from a first-timers perspective. Michelangelo is graduate student for the IceCube project at Berkeley.

My favorite quote has to be this one:

FOR veteran “Polies”, a stopover at McMurdo Station … is like passing through Heathrow: an uncomfortable, often prolonged, but necessary evil.

Well said. It does have a nice coffee shop and you get a chance to meet some old friends, though.

So, hop on over and read the diary.

Stuck At The Other End

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

After a whole week without flights “departing” winter-overs are getting desperate at the South Pole. I am sure Father John and the Archbishop of New Zealand send a prayer every day, as they are just as desperate as everyone else to get out. So far to no avail. (more…)

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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Update: IceCube Drill Camp Bubble Panorama

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

You can clearly see that we are making some progress. Lots of new container buildings have shown up and the drillers are busy putting everything together.

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Temperature: -37.5°C / -35.5°F, Windchill: -49.0°C / -56.2°F, Wind: ENE (75.1°) at 6.3 knt
Date: 2004-11-23 09:53:17 UTC

IceCube Drill Camp Bubble Panorama

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

The drill camp for the first IceCube hole is being set up right now. There is not a whole lot to see yet. The site has just been fenced off next to MAPO and AST/RO. Some container buildings are in the process of being installed.

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Temperature: -36.6°C / -33.9°F, Windchill: -50.7°C / -59.2°F, Wind: ENE (62.8°) at 9.7 knt
Date: 2004-11-16 09:05:58 UTC