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NOAA At The Ends of the Earth Collection
Catalog of Images

1900 thumbnail picture
Instruments mounted on the roof of the Clean Air Facility. Four separate wavelength pyrometers measuring total radiation from the sun and sky. Note hoses supplying air to keep ice crystals off the domes.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1901 thumbnail picture
Ultraviolet pyrometer mounted on the roof of the Clean Air Facility.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1902 thumbnail picture
Inside the Clean Air Facility. Normal incidence pyrheliometer with filter wheel
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1903 thumbnail picture
Beautiful frost patterns develop on the windows of the Clean Air Facility
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1904 thumbnail picture
A view of South Pole Station
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1905 thumbnail picture
The view of the South Pole and the Antarctic Plateau from the station. The ice here is over 9000 feet thick. The nearest land feature is a mountain range over 300 miles away.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1906 thumbnail picture
The Clean Air Facility on a day without a horizon. Flags mark path.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1907 thumbnail picture
South Pole Station on a day without a horizon, near "white out" conditions. Flags mark path. One would literally feel like walking in a bowl of milk. There was no surface definition and one had to walk with bent knees because impossible to determine if surface was uneven.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1908 thumbnail picture
Without buildings and markers, it would be difficult to tell which way is up on this gray day.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1909 thumbnail picture
The "Skylab" building which was used as laboratories. There was a lounge on the third floor. An all-sky camera on the roof photographed auroras.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1910 thumbnail picture
Aerial view of South Pole Station when it was first built.
Antarctica, South Pole Station 1974
1911 thumbnail picture
Aerial view of South Pole Station - Clean Air Facility visible in upper right. This was taken after several years of drifting snow.
Antarctica, South Pole Station 1978
1912 thumbnail picture
Exploring the old South Pole Station which was abandoned in 1975.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1913 thumbnail picture
Lieutenant John Bortniak out for a stroll at the South Pole
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1914 thumbnail picture
A cargo plane that didn't quite make it.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1915 thumbnail picture
Remains of a wrecked cargo plane.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1916 thumbnail picture
Lieutenant Bortniak at the controls. Already growing a nice set of whiskers. Exploring the wreck of a Hercules C-130 at the end of the runway.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1917 thumbnail picture
This is why the South Pole has a geodesic dome. The sledding was great.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1918 thumbnail picture
Iridescent clouds surround the sun.
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1919 thumbnail picture
Sun halo.
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1920 thumbnail picture
Sun halo and sun dogs.
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1921 thumbnail picture
Small halo, sun dogs, and arc of much larger halo nearly bisecting smaller halo.
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1922 thumbnail picture
Small halo, sun dogs, and arc of much larger halo nearly bisecting smaller halo.
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1923 thumbnail picture
Halo and sun dogs
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1924 thumbnail picture
Halo and sun dogs
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1925 thumbnail picture
Halo and sun dogs
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1926 thumbnail picture
Halo with brilliant reflection off ice surface
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1927 thumbnail picture
Halo with brilliant reflection off ice surface
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1928 thumbnail picture
Sun dog to the left of sun
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1929 thumbnail picture
Sun dog to the left of su
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1930 thumbnail picture
Halo and sundog with a brilliant larger arc
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1931 thumbnail picture
Arc with reflection higher in the sky - note reversal of spectrum
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1932 thumbnail picture
Arc with spectacular reflection higher in the sky - note reversal of spectrum
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1933 thumbnail picture
Home sweet bunk for a year at the South Pole
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1934 thumbnail picture
Hallway in the South Pole Station living quarters
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1935 thumbnail picture
The South Pole dining room with station leader Ron Peck standing; Daryl Leed seated on the right.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1936 thumbnail picture
Billiards and light reading fare were among the recreational items at the Pole
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1937 thumbnail picture
More serious reading at the main library
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1938 thumbnail picture
For the athletically inclined, a basketball court for a little one-on-one
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1939 thumbnail picture
#1 - Releasing a weather balloon at the South Pole meteorological station.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1940 thumbnail picture
#2 - Releasing a weather balloon at the South Pole meteorological station.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1941 thumbnail picture
#3 - Releasing a weather balloon at the South Pole meteorological station.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1942 thumbnail picture
Cathy, the radio operator during the summer months, communicating with McMurdo Station
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1943 thumbnail picture
Ski-equipped C-130's on a fly-by at South Pole Station
Antarctica, South Pole Station Late austral summer 1979
1944 thumbnail picture
The last plane out before the sun sets
Antarctica, South Pole Station Late austral summer 1979
1945 thumbnail picture
The "Doc", Michelle Rainey - first woman to winter over at the South Pole
Antarctica, South Pole Station Late austral summer 1979
1946 thumbnail picture
Mid-March sun just before the vernal equinox low on the horizon
Antarctica, South Pole Station Late austral summer 1979
1947 thumbnail picture
Watching the sun set in mid-March from the Clean Air Facility - observers taking photographs.
Antarctica, South Pole Station Late austral summer 1979
1948 thumbnail picture
South Pole Station illuminated by the setting sun
Antarctica, South Pole Station Late austral summer 1979
1949 thumbnail picture
South Pole Station antenna farm illuminated by setting sun
Antarctica, South Pole Station Late austral summer 1979

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