Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

Welcome to Pole
Pole in January 15
Here is a January 2015 photo by Peter Rejcek...I like it because it illustrates that the geographic
Pole is moving away from the station (well, actually it's vice versa). The full size photo is in the
Antarctic Photo Library. Are those snowdrifts getting deeper? From what I've seen, the snowdrifts
are now much deeper than I remember. This page includes a series of comparison photos I took in
2005 and 2008 of the drifting around the elevated station.

dome deconstruction photo index...the first 2018-19 aerial photo!
sorry but this is NOT an official Pole website :((   (more info)

South Pole News...

14 November...the summer season at Pole is well underway, and most of the 2019 winterovers have left. The news includes info on the first LC-130 flight of the season as well as the details on the nongovernmental trekkers/skiers/pilots who will be visiting this summer. News!


31 October (Happy Halloween!)...the first Basler flights from McMurdo have happened, summer people are arriving and a few of the winterovers are in New Zealand already (!). The Polar Star is finally back at its Seattle homeport, and many of the 2020 winterovers were in Colorado for training in October.

20 October: the first transiting Kenn Borek aircraft (a Basler) stopped at Pole briefly to refuel (and leave freshies) on 15 October...also during this past week was a spacewalk by two women who are Antarctic veterans, and a "Women in Antarctica" symposium at Ohio State. And...there's a bit of shipping news.

16 is ozone season at Pole, and it seems there is a bit more ozone overhead than in previous years. Also...the Polies had a video conference with the international space station, and there is more icebreaker news about the Polar Star as well as the planned replacements.

2 September...WINFLY first flight finally happened 13 days late, as well as news about a Polie reunion in station proposals by several nations...stuff from the latest Antarctic Treaty meeting.

28 August...spring is coming to Pole, and WINFLY is NOT coming to usual, Mother Antarctica's weather continues to intervene.

25 July...many more updates on upcoming McMurdo and Pole projects, midwinter info, and a strange overflight of Pole in early July.

22 June (or 21 June in the United States) is the solstice, otherwise known in Antarctica as Midwinters Day! Time to celebrate! Also there's a bit of news about the upcoming science support and construction season.

18 May...there is new information about the "Polar Security Cutter" aka "Icebreaker" procurement, and the South Pole Telescope's participation in that historic black hole image.'s aurora time at Pole, but back in the US of A, contracts has been awarded for a new heavy icebreaker, as well as future USAP helicopter support.

6 April, more intimate detail about the now-approved and funded McMurdo upgrade, as well as more arcane detail about the Coast Guard polar icebreaker procurement.

3 fooling, it has been awhile. The sun has set at Pole, so it's getting dark, and it's time for the winterover statistics and other stuff!

1 March...more updates on the funding for McMurdo redevelopment as well as new icebreakers. Oops, speaking of icebreakers...the Polar Star suffered a FIRE on board as they headed north from McMurdo last month.

20 February...the summer at Pole ended on 14 February, leaving 42 people behind who will stay overnight. And the funding bill passed by Congress means there will be funding for NSF, major construction at McMurdo, and for building the new icebreakers! And there are updates from the vessels--a medevac from the Nathaniel B. Palmer and the failed effort to locate Shackleton's sunken ship.

3 February, more updates on the end of the tourist season, the Ocean Giant and ship offload is underway.

13 January--lots of updates on the projects underway at Pole and McMurdo, science stuff, the upcoming shipping season.

8 January...a bit more science news, as well as...well, I'm still working on the coverage, but the "race" to cross Antarctica has brought out a fair bit of criticism.

29 December: the race between Colin O'Brady and Lou Rudd is over...and NSF OPP director Kelly Falkner comments on the continuing government shutdown.

23 December...I've been remiss on updating things since I just spent a couple of weeks traveling and tramping in NZ...but now we have updates on the NGO travelers, the South Pole traverse, the deaths in the Dry Valleys.

3 December--updates on the "race" across Antarctica between Colin O'Brady and Lou Rudd, and a NEW McMurdo webcam--this one is under water!

26 November--the summer season is well underway! Here's an update on some of the projects and other events scheduled for the next 3 months.

14 last, the first LC-130 showed up on 12 November...and another arrived the next day.

10 November: updates on the first LC-130 flight of the season to Pole (which hasn't happened yet) and the death at Palmer Station

26 October...NSF has announced that a contractor employee died of natural causes at Palmer Station on the 23rd. And further south, the first opening flight into Pole (a Basler) arrived from McMurdo on the 25th.

21 October...updates on the first Basler flight into Pole and the end of the long delay of main body flights into well as updates on the Polar Star icebreaker and the NYANG's LC-C-130s.

12 October...the big news continues to be the bad weather at McMurdo. The first main body flight was supposed to happen on the first, but...there are now over 500 folks backed up in Christchurch until at least Monday the 14th. And there's a great NSF article/video about the indefatigable and smiling Robert Schwarz!

30 September--a bit more news about the still-uncertain icebreaker procurement. Meanwhile, at Pole sunrise dinner was a great event, there is a NEW telescope heading to Pole...well, in 2019-20, and a glacier near McMurdo just got renamed......

12 September...the biggest news out there is that there is an awesome new map of can have a look at it even if you don't have a multi-petabyte hard drive. And as the sun is approaching the horizon, the sunrise dinner has been scheduled for 22 September.

3 September--sorry I've been busy...bluegrass, dentists...1983 Pole videos (more on them later)-- the sun, while still below the horizon, is making its presence known at Pole. In other news, there's stuff about the July lunar eclipse, new icebreakers, and that continuing subfloor replacement project here. And the list of NGO Pole trekkers for next summer has been updated here.

17 July...lots of news! Including more icebreaker stuff about the Polar Star and its hopeful successors, as well as the high-energy neutrino detected by IceCube that was traced back to its black hole source. And I didn't even mention the fact that it finally got down below -100F last week!

5 May...thinks at Pole are dark and quiet and auroras are outside! But the big news of the week is the reemergence of the late Nicholas Johnson's Big Dead Place!

Want an Antarctic job? On this page I've provided everything you need to know about (or at least where to find) how to get a job...updated frequently...and of course after the contract change to Leidos.

The dome is gone. And the most comprehensive web collection of dome deconstruction photos is here! And the message boards are still around...stop by the new home of Mike Poole's Antarctic Memories, which now includes the archives of Glenn Grant's Iceboard. If you have questions or problems with this excellent resource...the best place for info on jobs and life on the ice, ask me for help!

My second winter was in 2005 as the Title II Inspector (huh, what's that?)...and stayed on for a month after the 21 October station opening until the summer person showed up. I returned to the US on 21 January after 2 months in NZ/OZ. Hopefully before I left I wasn't too toasty to write a feature article for the 30 October 2005 Antarctic Sun..... Read it for yourself and decide...

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