South Pole Teaser

Ceremonial Pole

Ceremonial Pole

Now that I’m mostly done at pole, I will post a few teaser pictures. The rest of posting will begin when I have better internet access and more free time. Enjoy!

To get between the station and the telescopes, requires crossing […]

Waiting

The Claw!

The Claw!

LDB is waiting. Matt and Elio are waiting for good weather near the gondola to fly out for recovery. Most of the riggers, techs, and the super-pressure balloon team are waiting for good weather to launch. Everyone is waiting to go […]

BLAST Ops

BLAST Ops

BLAST Ops

A few days ago, Don randomly showed up on his way to pole. Naturally, he visited us in the BLAST Ops room. Since he was there during one of those rare times when all six drivers were in the room, we […]

Termination

Highly Accurate Map

Highly Accurate Map

At 9:31 local time (NZDT) BLAST-Pol terminated. It now rests about 630km away, roughly along the South Pole Traverse.

The gondola is at rest, we think it might be upright-ish, and systems still work good enough for us […]

Hungry Like the Wolf

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Yesterday was a momentous day in our flight. We switched from our targets far from the sun—mostly what we call the “axehead” in Vela—and moved a region in Lupus very near the sun. To celebrate, Tristan danced to the region’s theme song: Duran Duran’s […]

After Launch, New Digs

Power Supply

Power Supply

Since launch I have not taken a lot of photos. This is partly because there’s less to take photos of, and partly because I’m too constantly busy for new photos. The upside of this is that it’s easy for me to […]

Launch Part -I: Christmas

Big Boys

Big Boys

Before launch day, I had collected some more Christmas-related pictures that I was planning to post. But, they were preempted. Now they have been “deempted” and I don’t have many recent pictures to post instead.

This includes two Christmas-related sets: The […]