86-year-old Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, was medevaced from Pole after arriving as a tourist. He was flown out of Pole on 1 December and reached Christchurch on the morning of 2 December. News....
25 November...the new Phoenix runway is now officially certified for use by C-17 aircraft...and a slightly smaller aircraft overflew Pole earlier in November.
The opening Pole flights from McMurdo were Baslers on 27 and 29 October; the first Herc didn't show up until 2 November. And things are still a bit hehind...Robert Schwarz has been stuck at Pole for more than a week after he was supposed to leave. Elsewhere...literary folks (Kim Stanley Robinson) and politicos (Secretary of State John Kerry, the highest ranking American leader) visited McMurdo, and a University of Maine glaciologist perished in a crevasse at the shear zone. Oh, there's an expanded list of prospective nongovernmental visitors to Pole this summer.
11 October...the first transiting Basler has arrived...followed shortly by another. Winter is about over!
9 October...many of the winterover Polies will be in Estes Park, CO this week for team building stuff, followed by fire and medical training. And the Kenn Borek transit flights from Rothera are also scheduled for this week.
24 September. The sun is up! A new medical cooperative project between NASA and USAP has been announced. And we hopefully have the final closure on the Al Baker murder conviction appeals.
7 September...the twilight is about to block out the last brightest stars. Before that happened, a huge igloo was constructed in front of the station...and then made to go away, but not before a number of folks slept in it overnight. And about eight or nine years before the current USAP support contract with Lockheed-Martin is scheduled to expire, they're out, and Leidos is in.
30 July...yes, the medevac was a success, the GOES-3 satellite was decommissioned (coinciding with the official announcement that the DSCS-3 satellite is in use), and, well, the winter night is almost over, as moonlight and twilight are soon to be on the horizon. (And Bill Spindler is frantically in the midst of moving to Boulder, hence the lack of updates of late).
23 June...medevac updates...the Twin Otter arrived at Pole around 0900 SP time on the 22rd...and departed around 2300...arriving at Rothera with both patients approximately 0515 on 23 June. They immediately boarded the second Twin Otter, which got them to Punta Arenas at 1341 the same day.
1 June...the darkest month of the year, which means there are great auroras visible. Satellites...a new one is up, an old one is going down. An elusive inactive icebreaker (the Polar Sea) was recently sighted and documented on the Columbia River off Astoria. And...there is a job opening for 2018 winter site manager.
27 April...it is winter and dark at Pole. There are things happening...a new Phoenix Airfield at McMurdo...the replacement BIF at Pole...some new website/blog links, and an extensive new list of planned 2016-17 nongovernmental visitors. News....
16 February...the closing flight did happen, leaving behind 48 folks. 15 February it tried, and boomeranged, as visibility was too poor for a landing.
29 January--aircraft issues including a C-130 stuck at Pole, a Twin Otter losing a ski on takeoff prompting an emergency response (no injuries), and of course passengers stuck everywhere. The Polar Star was having mechanical problems...and NGO skier Henry Worsley who'd visited Pole earlier this month was evacuated near the end of his journey...and died in Punta Arenas.
18 January...the last month of summer...means that the McMurdo shipping season is beginning...the Polar Star was breaking ice south of Winter Quarters Bay, and the cargo vessel Ocean Giant has been sighted in Lyttelton. And...there's a new Pole marker!
17 November...and there was Pole news coming from Whidbey Island, WA...where Al Baker has appealed his murder conviction. The conviction was upheld, but there was to be a new sentencing hearing.
The summer season began on 27 October when the Basler arrived from McMurdo with fresh foods and faces! It was followed a few days later by the first Herc. A couple weeks earlier--14 October...the first Kenn Borek aircraft arrived.
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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