On 1 January 2013 the latest new South Pole marker was unveiled. This unique object was both designed and fabricated by the 2012 w/o machinist Derek Aboltins. (BK)
The marker features the astronomical symbols of the Sun, Moon, and planets, as well as the Southern Cross, based on their positions in the sky on 1 January. The small copper star marks the South Pole.(WH)
The large brass star represents astronomy and astrophysics research extending out past the solar system. The marker can be rotated to align the object positions based on the time of day. (BK)
Above, a closeup of the motto inscribed above the Moon, "Accomplishment and Modesty." This was Derek's reference to honor Neil Armstrong, who passed away while he was making this section with the moon. (BK)
Here's a closeup of Mars, one of the planetary symbols. (BK)
The underside of the marker has the signatures of the 2012 winterovers...as well as Pluto. (BK)
Here's Weeks Heist (right) waiting for the ceremony to begin. Next to him...Leah Street and Bill Coughran. (WH)
Moving the flag.... (WH)
Securing the flag in its new location. (WH)
Time for the speech...(WH)
...and here's the watching crowd. (WH)
Here's the original marker design, one of 17 (!) voted on by the 2012 winterovers. This photo and more, and information about the marker's construction, can be found in this blog post (in Spanish) by 2012 w/o Carlos Pobes.
Here's Blaise Kuo Tiong's video of Weeks' speech and the actual unveiling. Much of the speech is a reading and interpretation of Derek Aboltins' description of the marker and its various features. Derek wrote: "...this year I wanted to return the marker to more of a traditional geographical marker, and simplify the design. So rather than celebrating an event, it's back to marking the southernmost point on our Earth. As a result, this one has lots of pointy bits (!)" (BK).