Travel Log: December 13th, 2000

Dateline: 8 AM December 13, 2000
South Pole

Randy writes:

Got up really early today (4:30AM) with plans to take photos of the CARA telescopes, but despite yesterday being the nicest, warmest, clearest, and calmest day I have ever seen at the Pole, an uncommon front has moved in, and sky and snow look the same. This is not perfect weather for photos. I hope things change soon as we only have three full days left here, and yesterday our plans to photograph the Dark Sector fell through.

The Viper telescope lift is planned for today at 9 PM which should be exciting. They had taken the entire telescope off its tower out of the silver cone of ground shields to perform some upgrades and maintenance. Now tonight they are going to use a big crane to plop it back in position. Other GREAT NEWS is that the ACBAR science cargo finally arrived! ACBAR is the Arcminute Cosmology Bolometer Array Receiver which will look at CMB anisotropy and the SZE. By the way, 9 PM is a normal time to do something like this, as it is always light here. Because the season is so short in the austral summer, people work in shifts 24 hours a day, six days a week.

Weather for South Pole Station:
Temperature: -29.1°C, -20.3°F
Wind: 008 at 2.2 knots
Windchill: -23.5°C, -10.3°F
Barometer: 697.2 mbar
Physio Altitude: 9982.7 feet

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