South Pole News...
25 March! Sunset is happening at Pole, Polar Star visited Palmer Station, and the program is considering purchase of a 200+ foot long barge to serve as a floating pier for McMurdo. ?? News!
13 March...early winter updates--things are going well so far...and I've got a report on the SPIDER Long Duration Balloon project which involved recovery activity out of Pole, as well as an updated obituary for Johan Booth who died in June 2022.
19 February shipping offload update...a second cruise ship stopped by McM for a second time, this time to discharge a medevac passenger who was flown to Christchurch.
The station closed on 15 February leaving 43 winterovers. The third traverse (SPoT3), which did not show up until the 12th, also left that day. Meanwhile I've been documenting the shipping season. The third cargo vessel Ocean Gladiator arrived today. That's the sixth vessel to show up (including a cruise ship!
4 February...the season at Pole is winding down, but that means that the ship evolutions at McMurdo are just getting underway. 3 cargo vessels...and another season using that pontoon causeway. And there's more shipping news regarding the Laurence M. Gould as well as the Australian program's new but broken icebreaker. And...an update on the finally completed Pole marker!
Happy New Year! Yes, the new Pole marker was unveiled, the marathon was run, some of those nongovernmental folks have been arriving by land, there's lots of McM shipping news...
21 November--NSF COVID update...flights have resumed between ChCh and McMurdo, and there was one of those Air Force airdrop tests!
15 November...another NSF COVID update...the first South Pole Traverse has departed McM, and at least one LC-130 with passengers has arrived at Pole!
6 November. A significant COVID-19 outbreak in McMurdo causes major program disruptions.
4 November already...flights have gone into Pole...some of the winterovers have left, and among other things there was a historic phone call from the North Pole!
11 August...to be continued as I've been busy, but I must share obituaries of two great Antarctic friends==-Johan Booth and Billy-Ace Penguin Baker.
16 June...I have been busy but so have the Polies...dealing with images from outer space (the recent lunar eclipse and the black hole at the center of our galaxy), satellite communication or lack thereof, planning for winter fun and games...including unicycle riding. I've also updated my information on nongovernmental Antarctic ventures as well as the Antarctic jobs page.
22 March...The most significant Antarctic news in years has to be the discovery of Shackleton's sunken ship Endurance! Otherwise, it's winter at Pole, it's been unseasonably warm at Vostok, and internet connectivity has recently improved at McMurdo!
Pole closed for the 2022 winter leaving 44 people behind, which means there are new South Pole Winterover Statistics! Other news including the Pole marker unveiling...3 supply vessels at McMurdo as well as the Polar Star.
27 December...lots of stuff happening in the last month! The nearly total solar eclipse at Pole...construction of the new satellite earth station at McMurdo...the first LC-130 landing since 2019-20...trekkers, skiers and motorcyclists heading to Pole.
26 November...summer at Pole is fully underway, although none of the NYANG LC-130s have made it south from Christchurch to McMurdo yet. And a bunch of nongovernmental ventures are heading to Pole after last year's coronavirus cancellations.
4 November 2021...I've been remiss about updating things for various reasons...but Pole is open...some winterovers are already back in the States, the 2021 season at Palmer is now well underway! And...more flights to Pole...coronavirus vaccines...and my coverage of the nongovernmental Antarctic ventures (yes, there are some this year)!
21 October! McMurdo main body is filling up that place, and Pole is getting ready for opening after welcoming the first Basler for refueling. And the summer support folks have landed at Palmer, ending the isolation of the 2021 winterovers.
3 October 2021...the sun is up at Pole, folks are deploying...er...quarantining/isolating before deploying, and the various support contractors are still hunting for folks to hire. But the big news of the day is that this past winter at Pole has been the coldest recorded ever...or at least since Paul Siple's 1957 winter when things started to get recorded. Meanwhile, the station opening tasks are well underway.
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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