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  1. happy

    Snapshot Title: happy
    Taken by: Sulaiman Alarifi

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    happy



  2. Sign

    Snapshot Title: Sign
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    This sign is left over from the Race Around the World on Christmas Day. It was put here to keep the pedestrians separated from the folks driving motor vehicles.



  3. Another Van at the South Pole Amundsen Scott Station

    Snapshot Title: Another Van at the South Pole Amundsen Scott Station
    Taken by: Jeff Findley

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Another Van at the South Pole Amundsen Scott Station, but this one has big tires instead of tracks.



  4. Van at South Pole Amundsen Scott Station

    Snapshot Title: Van at South Pole Amundsen Scott Station
    Taken by: Jeff Findley

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Van at South Pole Amundsen Scott Station equipped with tracks instead of tires.



  5. Flags

    Snapshot Title: Flags
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Evidence of the drill holes for Ice Cube's efforts of years past. Underneath these clusters of flags, the Digital Optical Modules are buried within the ice and collecting data from neutrinos and other...



  6. DSL

    Snapshot Title: DSL
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The blue building houses the Dark Sector Laboratory. The dish on the left side is the South Pole 10 Meter Telescope. The scientists here are studying the cosmic microwave background, looking for clues...



  7. The remains of AST/RO

    Snapshot Title: The remains of AST/RO
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    This was the site of the Astronomical Submillimeter Telescope/Remote Observatory which saw first light in 1995. Among the accomplishments of this project was the mapping of molecular gas in the Galact...



  8. VIPER

    Snapshot Title: VIPER
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    This telescope observed the cosmic microwave background.



  9. DASI

    Snapshot Title: DASI
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The Degree Angular Scale Interferometer. This is another project that studied the cosmic microwave background.



  10. Old housing for BICEP

    Snapshot Title: Old housing for BICEP
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    BICEP stands for Background Imaging of Cosmological Extragalactic Polarization. The telescope was dismantled last summer, and now this is the future home of BICEP II.



  11. The South Pole 10 Meter Telescope

    Snapshot Title: The South Pole 10 Meter Telescope
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    SPT is observing the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation, looking for clues about the nature of the early universe. Look at different photos and you will see that it turns!



  12. A Cable Tower

    Snapshot Title: A Cable Tower
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Notice that ICL is on stilts. The 2 towers contain coils of cables that connect the DOM's to the equipment in this building. When the ICL is raised above the accumulating snow in a decade or 2, the wi...



  13. Generator and Firn Drill

    Snapshot Title: Generator and Firn Drill
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The blue building on skis houses a generator. The grey building is a firn drill, which is designed to go through the top layers of snow.



  14. The Road to McMurdo

    Snapshot Title: The Road to McMurdo
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    This is near the end of the 1600 km track that was left by the 2008-09 South Pole Traverse. Evidence of their passage here across the snow from McMurdo to the Pole will soon be literally gone with the...



  15. Deploying Digital Optical Modules (DOM's)

    Snapshot Title: Deploying Digital Optical Modules (DOM's)
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The reel on the left is feeding out the cable from which 60 DOM's are suspended, like pearls on a string. They are deployed into a 1500-meter deep hole where they will wait for the telltale light of a...



  16. TOS

    Snapshot Title: TOS
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Control center for the drill tower and for deploying DOM's.



  17. Hose Reel

    Snapshot Title: Hose Reel
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    For the hot water used to drill the IceCube holes.



  18. Ice Cube Drill Tower

    Snapshot Title: Ice Cube Drill Tower
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:



  19. SPASE Building

    Snapshot Title: SPASE Building
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Space Pole Air Shower Experiment. Now the project is gone. Their goal: detecting the sources of gamma radiation



  20. Sun Shades

    Snapshot Title: Sun Shades
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Two for each drill hole.



  21. ICL

    Snapshot Title: ICL
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    This is IceCube Lab which is the control center for Project IceCube. They are looking for neutrinos using a 1 cubic kilometer array of Light Detecting Modules (DOM's) that are deployed deep in the Ant...



  22. Elephant Man

    Snapshot Title: Elephant Man
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    For pulling the ARFF



  23. The ARFF

    Snapshot Title: The ARFF
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Firefighting equipment for airplanes at the South Pole



  24. Cargo Sled

    Snapshot Title: Cargo Sled
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    These are designed to be the same height as the cargo doors of the Hercules LC 130's.



  25. Old Tacan

    Snapshot Title: Old Tacan
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Tactical Air Navagation System



  26. Trade Shops

    Snapshot Title: Trade Shops
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    In the summer, carpenters, plumbers and electricians work in these round-topped Jamesways.



  27. Hypertat

    Snapshot Title: Hypertat
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Old housing.



  28. Cargo Building

    Snapshot Title: Cargo Building
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The cargo and materials crews work out of this blue building. When not in use, the vehicles that you see are plugged into the electrical outlets on the building. On the warmest summer day this year, ...



  29. Warmup hut

    Snapshot Title: Warmup hut
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    For the recreational ski loop



  30. An Outhouse

    Snapshot Title: An Outhouse
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The solar panels help keep it warm .



  31. Arch

    Snapshot Title: Arch
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    A component of The Arches, which are the facilities buildings between the Dome and the elevated station.



  32. HF Antennas

    Snapshot Title: HF Antennas
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    High Frequency antennas



  33. The RF building

    Snapshot Title: The RF building
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    RF in this case would be "Radio Frequency"



  34. GOES Dome

    Snapshot Title: GOES Dome
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Once upon a time it was the MARISAT dome



  35. Fuel Depot

    Snapshot Title: Fuel Depot
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    For non-government activity (NGA) use.



  36. This is Not a Spaceship

    Snapshot Title: This is Not a Spaceship
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    This is the new TDRS relay dish.



  37. The Cheese Palace

    Snapshot Title: The Cheese Palace
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Thus named because there once worked inside a crew from Wisconsin. The orange-red cylinder on top does bear some resemblance to a wheel of cheese. It also makes this building very easy to find.



  38. The Weatherport

    Snapshot Title: The Weatherport
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    It is now the AGAP accllimatization camp's field kitchen. AGAP is the Antarctica’s Gamburtsev Province Project. The AGAP folks come to the Pole to get used to our altitude before they fly out to the...



  39. A Fuel Tank

    Snapshot Title: A Fuel Tank
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    On snow skis.



  40. Dewar

    Snapshot Title: Dewar
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: British South Pole Expedition 2008 Arrives at Amundsen Scott Station
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    This tank, which once held liquid helium, is ready to ship back north. The helium is used for the weather balloons.



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