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Ella Derbyshire's Snapshots

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  1. TDRS Dome

    Snapshot Title: TDRS Dome
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: South Pole Station - View from A1, Floor 2 Looking Toward Grid South, Late Summer 2010
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    For the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System.



  2. GOES dome

    Snapshot Title: GOES dome
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: South Pole Station - View from A1, Floor 2 Looking Toward Grid South, Late Summer 2010
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    GOES stands for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite.



  3. Spare Arches

    Snapshot Title: Spare Arches
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: South Pole Station - View from A1, Floor 2 Looking Toward Grid South, Late Summer 2010
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    This arrangement looks a bit like modern art. The various pieces of arch material have been aligned to reduce drifting.



  4. Cryo and the BIFF

    Snapshot Title: Cryo and the BIFF
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: South Pole Station - View from A1, Floor 2 Looking Toward Grid South, Late Summer 2010
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    We launch weather balloons from this little building complex.



  5. Something New

    Snapshot Title: Something New
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: South Pole Station - View from A1, Floor 2 Looking Toward Grid South, Late Summer 2010
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The is an experiment. Maybe in the future wind will power the South Pole Station.



  6. Cargo Office

    Snapshot Title: Cargo Office
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: South Pole Station - View from A1, Floor 2 Looking Toward Grid South, Late Summer 2010
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    During the summer, the folks in this blue building were busy getting packages onto and off of the planes from McMurdo.



  7. Is Something Missing?

    Snapshot Title: Is Something Missing?
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: South Pole Station - View from A1, Floor 2 Looking Toward Grid South, Late Summer 2010
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Most definately



  8. Hypertat

    Snapshot Title: Hypertat
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: South Pole Station - View from A1, Floor 2 Looking Toward Grid South, Late Summer 2010
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    One of many building styles found at the South Pole.



  9. Cattle

    Snapshot Title: Cattle
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Matamata Sheep farm
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Looking very content.



  10. Lichens

    Snapshot Title: Lichens
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Church of the Good Shepard
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Life on the edge.



  11. Hello!

    Snapshot Title: Hello!
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Skier Landing
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Here they are just moments before their skis touched the snow. This is a Hercules LC-130, also called a "Herc" or a "skier". These planes are flown by the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift W...



  12. ARFF

    Snapshot Title: ARFF
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Last LC-130 for the Summer 2009-10
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting. Once our LC-130 is safely on its way to McMurdo, this foam-filled trailer can be towed inside, the BARFF drained and stored away until the next flight in October.



  13. Sheep

    Snapshot Title: Sheep
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Where Have All the Hobbits Gone?
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    A frequent sight in New Zealand.



  14. Ice breaker

    Snapshot Title: Ice breaker
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: M/V American Tern in McMurdo
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The Odin



  15. SPT

    Snapshot Title: SPT
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: First Flight of Summer
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The South Pole 10 meter Telescope and MAPO have seen a bit of drifting this winter. The haze that you see has caused some delays in this summer's flights to Pole.



  16. Lepus the Hare

    Snapshot Title: Lepus the Hare
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: 360 degree pano South Pole with Constellations
    Image Owner: Jeremy Johnson



    Description:

    Orion the Hunter is especially fond of rabbits. We see Orion right below Lepus is the South Pole sky.



  17. Cryo and BIF

    Snapshot Title: Cryo and BIF
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The South Pole Winter 2009 UT's and the Heavy Shop
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    This wood-tone building houses the Balloon Inflation Facility and the Cryo lab.



  18. Skylab

    Snapshot Title: Skylab
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The South Pole Winter 2009 UT's and the Heavy Shop
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    This distinctive bright orange tower has shared the South Pole skyline with the Dome since the 1970's. It used to hold the Aurora, Cusp and Cosray labs.



  19. Meteorologist

    Snapshot Title: Meteorologist
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The Elevated Station seen from Grid South
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    With the launch over, she can return to the MET office in the science lab on station to watch the balloon data come in.



  20. Van

    Snapshot Title: Van
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Camp of the The Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole Ski Race at the South Pole
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    A South Pole passenger van which, in mid-summer, shuttles personnel around the station.



  21. Campbell Stokes Sunshine Recorder

    Snapshot Title: Campbell Stokes Sunshine Recorder
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Camp of the The Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole Ski Race at the South Pole
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The 2 glass spheres in this elegantly simple array focus sunlight that burns tracks on the papers that rest behind each sphere. When the sun is obscured by clouds, the tracks on the papers will be int...



  22. South Pole Coat

    Snapshot Title: South Pole Coat
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Exploring Near the South Pole
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    These green and black jackets are issued from the CDC to people who will deploy to the Pole.



  23. Big Red

    Snapshot Title: Big Red
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Exploring Near the South Pole
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    This is the iconic red, bulky, insulated coat that is issued to most of the personnel who deploy to American Antarctic stations.



  24. The gymnasium

    Snapshot Title: The gymnasium
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The Elevated Station seen from Grid South
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    This wing holds the gym, weight room and band room. "Polies", some of whom stay for an entire year, have opportunities to play sports, to exercise and to remain healthy and creative.



  25. Emergency Pod

    Snapshot Title: Emergency Pod
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The Elevated Station seen from Grid South
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    This berthing wing also holds an emergency power plant and a small galley.



  26. A4

    Snapshot Title: A4
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The Elevated Station seen from Grid South
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    A berthing wing



  27. A1

    Snapshot Title: A1
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The Elevated Station seen from Grid South
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    A berthing wing.



  28. Destination Zula

    Snapshot Title: Destination Zula
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The Elevated Station seen from Grid South
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Also known as DZ. The hoist on top pf the 2nd floor is used to lift food and supplies into the elevated station.



  29. The Stair Tower and the Power Plant Arch

    Snapshot Title: The Stair Tower and the Power Plant Arch
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The Elevated Station seen from Grid South
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The stair tower is the silver cylinder behind the power plant arch. To get to the power plant from the elevated station, folks walk down the 94 steps in the stair tower. The stairs aren't heated, but ...



  30. VMF

    Snapshot Title: VMF
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The Elevated Station seen from Grid South
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The Vehicle Maintenance Facility is in this arch. The arch was build on the surface of the snow in 1999. A decade later, the level of the snow has changed dramatically.



  31. The Dome and Skylab

    Snapshot Title: The Dome and Skylab
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The Elevated Station seen from Grid South
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The Dome is scheduled for demolition in the summer of 2009-10.



  32. Snowmobiles

    Snapshot Title: Snowmobiles
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The Elevated Station seen from Grid South
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Speed limit 10 mph



  33. Cryo and BIF

    Snapshot Title: Cryo and BIF
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The Elevated Station seen from Grid South
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The cryo lab and the balloon inflation facility.



  34. Tires

    Snapshot Title: Tires
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: McMurdo Heavy Equipment Yard
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:



  35. Orca

    Snapshot Title: Orca
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: McMurdo Heavy Equipment Yard
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:



  36. Fuel Pump

    Snapshot Title: Fuel Pump
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: McMurdo Heavy Equipment Yard
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:



  37. Plastic Weather Balloon

    Snapshot Title: Plastic Weather Balloon
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: BIF South Pole
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The scientists are not using the usual latex balloons because the rubber gets brittle in the cold, and the balloons break before they get high enough to collect the data that we need. After sunrise, w...



  38. Flag Line

    Snapshot Title: Flag Line
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: On the Roof at the Bottom of the World
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    This place will look much different after sunset. On stormy moonless days, these flags will help us find our way to work in the outlying buildings, such as ARO.



  39. 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.



  40. Rollers

    Snapshot Title: Rollers
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: On the Persistence of Snow at the South Pole
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    This rollers system is designed to make it easier to move pallets and other large items into the LO. The temperature will never get warm enough for this snow to melt, so we will find another way to ge...



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