|A very windy day. The wind chills are under -120 degF now. The sun has set and it is getting dark now. I am a few weeks behind in my posts.|
|There are a lot of snack foods on station.|
|The Polies will eat it. I draw the line at four year old Cheetos though. They get pretty greasy.|
|Preparing for my Logan Motor Company (LMC) tracked vehicle class. The LMC is driven with the levers near my leg.|
|Each throttle lever controls a track. To turn left the right lever can be pushed forward while the left lever is moved back. It is basically a tank.|
|This LMC was made in the 1980s.|
|I felt like I was on the movie set of "The Thing"!|
|Super fun to drive although the visibility wasn't very good.|
|Back home it would be fun to drive an LMC on the beach. Donuts for sure!|
|Class is over, opening the garage door.|
|I'm still running outside. Although I met my match last Sunday at -86 degF ambient with a windchill of -122 degF.|
|A 1/2 Sundog from my room window.|
|The Ceremonial South Pole four days before sunset at 1 am.|
|My reflection on the Ceremonial South Pole silver ball.|
|Old Glory flying proudly at the South Pole.|
|The last day the station basked in the sun. The next day the sun on the opposite side created a 2 mile long shadow.|
|The ice is ablaze.|
1.What thoughts are going thru your and others minds as the sun disappears for 6 months?
It's going to be a long, long, winter. It is a struggle to be confined in the station and to see only darkness. I did it last winter in McMurdo but this time at the Pole it will be two months longer. I have plenty of work and the gym and reading is my passion. Every once in a while the internet works well so I keep in touch with family and friends through email and Facebook.
2.How warm is your room as the bitter cold sets in? Do you have a thermostat you can
Each room has a thermostat. The rooms are vented with 55 degF air. I have yet to get my room above 65 so it is a little cool.
3. Where is the warmest place to be on the station?
The galley and dining area. Currently outside the ambient is -88.5 degF with a windchill of -122 degF.
4. Do the same scientists return from one year to the next? Who has the record for most
time at the station?
The power plant technician and two of the science guys have 9 winters. The record is 3 in a row.
5. With the concentrated magnetic field during auroral storms does anybody have a
short wave radio or AM/FM radio to see what radio stations you can pick up? Do they
have a ham radio station there?
There is an emergency ham radio station along with emergency HF radio. I don't know if anyone uses the ham radio for recreational purposes.
6. And finally, if you can even mention it, have the SPT guys gotten any photos of
Planet X / Nibiru lately?
I'll have to check with the science guys on this. The telescopes here are radio and not optical.