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New South Pole Station Aerial Panorama – West Side

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Another full spherical panorama of the New South Pole Station. This one was taken from the West side. Directions at the South Pole are always in reference to the grid system. The 0 meridian is the North South axis, where North is in the direction of Greenwich.

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Temperature: 63.2°C / 145.8°F, Windchill: 71.2°C / 160.2°F, Wind: E (80.0°) at 4.0 knt
Date: 2008-03-15 01:33:06 NZDT

All the siding on this side has gone up last summer and the flag poles have been added. That staircase is also know as Destination Alpha. Why? I am not sure, maybe to distinguish it from Destination Zulu, but we don’t know either why that one is called Zulu.
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New South Pole Station Aerial Panorama

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Kicking off this year’s round of kite aerial photography is a spherical Panorama of the New Station.

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Temperature: 63.2°C / 145.8°F, Windchill: 71.2°C / 160.2°F, Wind: E (80.0°) at 4.0 knt
Date: 2008-03-15 01:34:44 NZDT

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South Pole Dome Aerial Panorama

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Another panorama from the September 30 outing. This one shows The Dome, the most famous South Pole landmark. You will notice the heavy snow drifts around it. The drifts are one of the reasons why it has become impractical to maintain the structure and a new station was built instead.

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Temperature: -64.0°C / -83.2°F, Windchill: -83.2°C / -117.7°F, Wind: ENE (70.0°) at 8.0 knt
Date: 2007-09-30 22:29:20 NZDT

In unrelated news, today’s Basler passenger flight to the South Pole has been canceled for weather. The invasion has come to a crawling halt :-)

Geographic South Pole Aerial Panorama

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

In this panorama you see me standing right at the Geographic South Pole. That’s right, exactly at 90° South.

I have put hotspots on all the major landmarks. If you move your mouse around, you should see little text bubbles pop up.

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Temperature: -63.0°C / -81.4°F, Windchill: -79.4°C / -111.0°F, Wind: E (80.0°) at 6.0 knt
Date: 2007-09-30 22:22:35 NZDT

New South Pole Station Aerial Panorama

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

In the evening the sun is at grid North, casting its rays at the front of the New Station. Motivation enough to get back out and get the kite flying again. The panorama gives a good idea of the size of the New Station. You have me down there for scale. To the left of the New Station you can see the Dome.

The sun is still very low above the horizon. Watch for the long shadow I am casting. I also put a hotspot right at the Geographic South Pole. Try to find it.

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Temperature: -62.0°C / -79.6°F, Windchill: -74.9°C / -102.8°F, Wind: ENE (70.0°) at 4.0 knt
Date: 2007-09-30 21:50:10 NZDT

BICEP Aerial Panoramas

Monday, October 8th, 2007

About a week ago the sun was finally high enough above the horizon and the weather conditions where perfect for kite aerial photography. It was a balmy -63°C and the wind was around 10 knots. I managed to get several kite flying sessions in.

The panorama below shows the BICEP telescope. That’s the one I work for. The camera was pretty low and centered right above the telescope. If you pan to the other end of the building you can make out the “South Pole Telescope”, or SPT for short. The low angle from which this panorama was shot makes SPT appear smaller than it is. The primary mirror has a 10m diameter. BICEP is rather small in comparison but, to quote Cynthia, “Small on the ground – big in the sky”.

If you compare this panorama to the one I shot in 2004 of the same building, you will notice the dramatic change.

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Temperature: -63°C / -81.4°F, Windchill: -83°C / -117.4°F, Wind: ENE (60°) at 9knt
Date: 2007/09/30 18:30:27 NZDT

Eight days later I took another shot, this time from a higher elevation for a slightly different perspective. This almost turned out to be my last KAPing for the season. I had checked the wind speed before I went out to do the BICEP cryogenics fills. After the fills I went out to fly my big kite, as I had done for the last few days. It turns out that the wind had picked up a couple of knots and once I had the kite airborne, I realized quickly that the wind was too strong. The wind can often be a lot stronger just a bit above the ground. So, I got a very close look at the sastrugi and had a bumpy ride halfway to the IceCube lab before I managed to bring the kite down. After warmed up a bit I tried again, using a smaller kite. It still took two of us to do it and I decided to abort after a short time. I still managed to get this shot.

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Temperature: -54.2°C / -65.6°F, Windchill: -73.7°C / -100.7°F, Wind: NNE (22.0°) at 11.0 knt
Date: 2007-10-08 17:34:37 NZDT

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

Dark Sector Lab Bubble Panorama

Friday, November 26th, 2004

South Pole workers have been busy excavating and compacting snow next to the Dark Sector Lab (DSL). Construction on the large 10m South Pole Telescope (SPT) is scheduled to begin next summer. This is the area where the telescope tower will be constructed.

Update:I took another panorama of the same building in September 2007. Two new telescopes, BICEP and SPT, have been added to the building.

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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

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