I got a weather delay. Not my plane but the other one. They did a drawing for the available seats and I lost. A storm is coming in and I am not sure when I will get out of here. It's costing me in reservations in NZ that I have to cancel without refunds. But the good news is, more time for photos...
Kiwi RNZAF 757 landing at Pegasus
Ivan and 2 Delta's ready for passengers.
RNZAF 757, love the red kiwi logo.
more penquin shots.
The sky over Ross sea ice at 5am, just gorgeous!
MV Green Wave, our supply vessel, arrived on Feb 14.
Pier is in place and the unloading started on Feb 17.
I can't believe it! The first group of Shuttle drivers leave tomorrow (Monday), a few more on Weds and a large group of us, me included, on Friday. Not ready yet - haven't even started packing and still have 3 days of work to go. The season has just flown by. My theory is that the older you are and the closer you are to the poles - time go by at warp speed. It's been a lot of fun and here are a few more photos to enjoy.
The Galley info board, and my favorite Calvin & Hobbes cartoon.
Elisha and Travis in the Shuttles office.
The exterior of building 140, the ATO, Cargo & Shuttles building.
Fran at the dispatchers desk.
Iceberg in still waters.
The Plamer leaving McMurdo.
The penquin at the halfway house (a pump station for fuel line to Pegasus).
In 1992, ECO, Galliano, Louisiana, built and delivered a 94-meter (308 feet) research ship with icebreaking capability for use by the U.S. Antarctic Program. The ship, Nathaniel B. Palmer, is a first-rate platform for global change studies, including biological, oceanographic, geological, and geophysical components. It can operate safely year-round in Antarctic waters that often are stormy or covered with sea ice. It accommodates 39 scientists, has a crew of 22, and is capable of 75-day missions. The Palmer is ice-classed ABS-A2, Icebreaker Class 3 capable of breaking three feet of level ice at 3-5 knots. Cruising speed is 10 knots and max speed is 15 knots.
The ship is named the Nathaniel B. Palmer to commemorate the American credited with first seeing Antarctica. Nathaniel Brown Palmer, then 21 years old, commanded the 14-meter sloop Hero, which on 16 and 17 November 1820 entered Orleans Strait and came very close to the Antarctic Peninsula at about 63° 45' S. Later in his life, Palmer also won wealth and fame as a pioneer clipper ship master & designer.
The Palmer was here at McMurdo for a couple days offloading science and scientists and loading freshies and some new scienctists. Sadly, it is only used about 100 days a year due to budget cuts and rising operating and fuel prices. I was fortunate enough to get a tour and was surprised at how nice it is, how much science is going on and how freakin' awesome, cool and big the bridge deck is!
The Palmer in Winter Quarters Bay with Ob Hill in the background.
The Palmer leaving McMurdo with Mt Discovery on the horizon.
Travis trying to steer the ship, aauugghhhh!!
These massive and colorful doors open for dropping stuff into the water.