South Pole Centennial Events

an awful place?
17 January 2012...a ceremony was held to commemorate the centenary of Robert
Scott's arrival. Above, area manager Bill Coughran addresses the group. The inset
depicts the 2012 Pole marker (NSF).

somber gathering?
A view of the crowd that had assembled for the event. (M).
Scott centenary
Another view of Bill addressing the assembled crowd. Other speakers included Tim Hewette, ALE manager of the tourist camp, and Julie Palais, the NSF science representative. The brief talks addressed the significance of Scott's expedition, as well as the spirit of exploration that lives on today. The crowd included about 75 visitors, as well as many of the 200-plus station population (EG).
a Worsley at Pole
The final speaker was Lt Col Henry Worsley MBE, a British army officer, a member of the Royal British Legion (a British military charity) and a relative of Frank Worsley, the captain of the Endurance on Shackleton's 1914-16 trans-Antarctic attempt. Worsley had arrived at Pole via Amundsen's route as part of the British Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race (Royal British Legion press release with another photo) (SL).
Henry Worsley purchased this medal on Ebay (!)
Above...the medal awarded Petty Officer George Abbott, a member of the Terra Nova crew, by King George V when Scott's expedition returned to England in 1913. Worsley carried the medal to Antarctica as one way of honoring the Scott expedition (M).
and then a neutrino walked into a bar
Before the ceremony, a science open house was held at the visitors center. Here IceCuber Torsten Schmidt describes that experiment to some of the visitors (SL).
25 years later
That evening, the station crew was welcome to visit the tourist camp and meet
some of the visitors informally. Since the tourist camp operated on Chilean time
(16 hours behind the station) it was early morning for the tourists, a fact which
didn't seem to prevent them from enjoying the gathering (EG).

The credits...include this excellent Antarctic Sun article; the photo at the top of this page was provided from NSF; the other photos and some of the information was furnished by Sven Lidstrom (SL), Ethan Good (EG), and Mikey (M)...thanks!

Here is a postscript...