Sunday, October 22, 2006

The view from above

Might as well make the most of the situation. Since bad weather at McMurdo is keeping the Twin Otter here, they ended up doing an aeriel photo mission of the station last night. At the beginning and end of summer, these aerial photos are taken to help evaluate the snow drifting around the station and just to have overhead shots of the structures.

Here are some photos by Robert Schwarz: an overview of most of the station - Dome in the left lower corner, Elevated Station in the foreground, Summer Camp in the middle, berms in the back and the Marisat satellite dish in the very back.

The Elevated Station, halfway dressed.

A beauty of a shot - Robert asked the pilot to do a spiral over the Dome and his wish was granted.

The Dark Sector Lab where Denis works on the BICEP telescope. You can see his igloo just to the right of the building. The bump to the upper left is Old Pole Station, long buried now.

Another shot of Marisat and the berms.

I was doing the radio comms in the SOC so I got some photos from the windows as they flew overhead.

They're heading out for another photo mission this morning. I'm sitting in the SOC again, the plane got warmed up by the Herman Nelson heaters and is heading over to the fuel pit now. I'm just going to enjoy the show from the windows.


At 4:31 AM, Blogger shane said...

Hey Heidi ,
Great shots of Twin Otters. For some reason the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) went to Casa 212's. They do the job and have a drop down rear door for loading skidoos or Quads, but arnt as robust as the Otters.(keep collasping front landing gear)
We had a very poor snow fall here and our skiway is patchy ice + snow.Glad Im not flying !!Casey motto , "When its snows , it blows"
Kind Regards

At 5:14 AM, Anonymous Reader from Jeff's said...

Great shots, thanks for sharing!

Is the undressed half of the Elevated Station used at this time?

What are Marisat and the berms?

At 6:47 AM, Blogger Heidi said...

We're actually using all of the new Elevated Station now - they only had enough time to put the outside siding on the front half last summer so the rest of it shows the wooden unfinished part. Marisat is the satellite dish for our communications to the outside world, now housed in a big white ball. The berms are raised benches of snow where we store lots and lots of supplies, food and junk.


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