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Entries from November 2009


November 26th, 2009 1 Comment

A few days ago we had our first installment of package mail since I’ve been here. There was an announcement over the intercom: “Attention South Pole: All hands to Destination ZULU to bring freshies into station. Repeat: This is your Thanksgiving dinner. Come help!” I pulled on my ECW gear and walked down to DZ, […]

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Lowering in the cryostat

November 21st, 2009 No Comments

We finished up observations 2 days ago, and yesterday we lowered the optics and receiver cryostats out of the receiver cabin. The optics cryostat weighs roughly a ton, and is a really tight fit in the cabin. In order to lower it, I had to climb up and squeeze behind the cryostat, attached some chain […]


40 years of women

November 16th, 2009 No Comments

Last week was the 40th anniversary of women at the south pole. Some of the first women to come to the pole were scientists working in the dry valleys near McMurdo. In November 1969, six women flew to the pole on a military aircraft as tourists. These days in the summer there are usually 40-50 […]


Hello from 90 south!

November 10th, 2009 No Comments

I made it to pole today, after 5 straight days of traveling. This time I was with Brad and Abby for the whole trip, and we had a great time in Christchurch. Notably, we had some great Indian food and beer while in Christchurch, and we went for a walk through the botanical gardens. Since […]

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Goodbye RKY

November 7th, 2009 No Comments

Professor Richard Yamamoto died on October 16th. The MIT news office has a brief article here and a memorial site can be found here. I suggest that those from MIT read the farewell comments from family and friends. Of all the people I knew as an undergraduate, I learned the most from Yamamoto. I admired […]