So, over a month later, I finally post again about Antarctica! Adjustment from the "ice" has taken longer than I expected. I've been back in the states for almost 3 weeks now and I would say it took me 2 to adjust back completely. I was on NZ time, which was -6 hours from Eastern, but we were also on the night shift because of the hours of the satellite (starting work at 11PM and going to bed at 6-7AM), so we were actually working EST -12 hours, which was kinda India time!
I was at the South Pole for a total of 7 days (Jan 8-14), and in Antarctica total for 10 days (Jan 7-16), then afterwards I spent 6 days (Jan 17-22) in New Zealand mostly around Queenstown on South Island.
Here is our team from the satellite ground station upgrade. There were 3 of us from Maryland and 6 from Colorado (Raytheon/RPSC).
The tunnels underneath the "ground" at South Pole weren't that long, but snaked all around. If you look closely you can see the thermometer. It reads -65F!! I can honestly say that is the coldest environment I've ever been in.
My last full day at McMurdo I went for a 6 hour hike to Castle Rock. Here is Castle Rock (the pointy peak just right of dead center of picture) as seen from Ob Hill. In the background is Mt. Erebus, the active volcano in Antarctica.
Just after reaching the summit of Castle Rock. No good view because of the snow white-out.
This gives you a good idea of how close the Adeile penguins get (note Craig's shadow!). They are very curious and bold.
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