Here’s a brief picture tour of the South Pole station until I get around to making a video.
The station can house a max of 150 people; we each have our own small room the size of a RA’s room in Speare Hall at Northeastern. Actually, I think the rooms here are bigger!
The station is made up of two “pods,” there’s the A pod and B pod, each have two stories. When you enter the station from the skiway, you enter at destination alpha (1st floor, pod B, on the right). The gym and music room are on your right as you walk into the building, and there’s a TV lounge on the left. You can come over here and make a lot of noise because it’s separated from all of the housing spaces… so nobody was woken up last Saturday night when we were jamming at 6am.
On the top floor of B pod there are many offices for admin, and the communications center. I don’t really go over there. You can walk up to the observation deck on top of destination alpha to watch the planes land and take off. The other day a C-17 was flying overhead practicing airdrops for the winter. Further into the 2nd floor of B pod is where the science lab is…
… and that’s where you can find me in the met office! There’s a couch, Ethernet ports, a mini fridge, snacks… What else do I need?
Across the hallway is the game room and another TV lounge with rows of couches—I’ve spent an embarrassing amount of time there so far.
The 1st floor of A pod houses a quiet reading room, laundry facilities, the greenhouse, station store/post office, recycling room, and the sauna. (Yes, there’s a sauna. No, I haven’t used it.) On the 2nd floor of A pod you can find the computer lab, med center, and the galley.
Most of the housing is in the A1/A4 wings—I live in A4! Destination zulu, between 1st floor A1 and A4, is the exit to take to get to the recycling bins, and that’s also how I exit the station to walk an eighth of a mile to the balloon inflation facility (or BIF). The circular thing on the map labeled, “vertical tower,”—fondly renamed the beer can—is how you would exit the station to walk out to the actual South Pole or to the ceremonial Pole.
Want pictures of anything in particular? Questions about the station? Let me know!