Home Sweet Amundsen-Scott Station

Here’s a brief picture tour of the South Pole station until I get around to making a video.

South Pole Station Map

South Pole Station Map

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!

My room!

My room!

A closer look at my tiny room. It's not much, but it's cozy.

A closer look at my tiny room. It’s not much, but it’s cozy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

The South Pole gym

The South Pole gym, where we have Joe-ga, circuit training, dance parties, etc.

The music room

The music room — maybe I’ll learn to play the bongos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…

The science lab

The science lab

… 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?

The cozy side of the met office... the couch and the computer with all four seasons of Game of Thrones and Battlestar Galactica. I'm set!

The cozy side of the met office… the couch and the computer with all four seasons of Game of Thrones and Battlestar Galactica. I’m set!

Welcome to the met corner! Here's the desk where we write up all our obs, and our little tiny window.

Welcome to the met corner! Here’s the desk where we write up all our obs, and our little tiny window.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

An entire wall of VHS Tapes... (Wow, these still exist!)

An entire wall of VHS Tapes… (Wow, these still exist!)

The movie lounge

The movie lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

A very empty galley, where I also spend a lot of time eating, talking, and drinking tea.

A very empty galley, where I also spend a lot of time eating, talking, and drinking tea.

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.

Top of the beer can

Top of the beer can

Looking down many, many steps

Looking down many, many steps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of the ceremonial pole from my office window... haven't actually gone out there yet!

View of the ceremonial pole from my office window… haven’t actually gone out there yet!

Want pictures of anything in particular? Questions about the station? Let me know!

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