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NOAA At The Ends of the Earth Collection
Catalog of Images

1950 thumbnail picture
Inside the Clean Air Facility. Carbon dioxide monitoring equipment to the left.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1951 thumbnail picture
Particle impactor to study atmospheric particulate matter; Aiken condensation nuclei counter, and Dupont humidity sensor.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1952 thumbnail picture
Instruments mounted on the roof of the Clean Air Facility. Air sampling stacks in the center and pyrheliometer on the right.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1953 thumbnail picture
Instruments mounted on the roof of the Clean Air Facility. Four separate wavelength pyrometers measuring total radiation from the sun and sky.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1954 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
1955 thumbnail picture
Ultraviolet pyrometer mounted on the roof of the Clean Air Facility.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1956 thumbnail picture
Inside the Clean Air Facility. Normal incidence pyrheliometer with filter wheel
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1957 thumbnail picture
Beautiful frost patterns develop on the windows of the Clean Air Facility
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1958 thumbnail picture
A view of South Pole Station
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1959 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
1960 thumbnail picture
The Clean Air Facility on a day without a horizon. Flags mark path.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1961 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
1962 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
1963 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
1964 thumbnail picture
Aerial view of South Pole Station when it was first built.
Antarctica, South Pole Station 1974
1965 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
1966 thumbnail picture
Exploring the old South Pole Station which was abandoned in 1975.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1967 thumbnail picture
Lieutenant John Bortniak out for a stroll at the South Pole
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1968 thumbnail picture
A cargo plane that didn't quite make it.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1969 thumbnail picture
Remains of a wrecked cargo plane.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1970 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
1971 thumbnail picture
This is why the South Pole has a geodesic dome. The sledding was great.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1972 thumbnail picture
Iridescent clouds surround the sun.
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1973 thumbnail picture
Sun halo.
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1974 thumbnail picture
Sun halo and sun dogs.
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1975 thumbnail picture
Small halo, sun dogs, and arc of much larger halo nearly bisecting smaller halo.
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1976 thumbnail picture
Small halo, sun dogs, and arc of much larger halo nearly bisecting smaller halo.
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1977 thumbnail picture
Halo and sun dogs
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1978 thumbnail picture
Halo and sun dogs
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1979 thumbnail picture
Halo and sun dogs
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1980 thumbnail picture
Halo with brilliant reflection off ice surface
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1981 thumbnail picture
Halo with brilliant reflection off ice surface
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1982 thumbnail picture
Sun dog to the left of sun
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1983 thumbnail picture
Sun dog to the left of su
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1984 thumbnail picture
Halo and sundog with a brilliant larger arc
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1985 thumbnail picture
Arc with reflection higher in the sky - note reversal of spectrum
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1986 thumbnail picture
Arc with spectacular reflection higher in the sky - note reversal of spectrum
Antarctica, South Pole Station January 1979
1987 thumbnail picture
Home sweet bunk for a year at the South Pole
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1988 thumbnail picture
Hallway in the South Pole Station living quarters
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1989 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
1990 thumbnail picture
Billiards and light reading fare were among the recreational items at the Pole
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1991 thumbnail picture
More serious reading at the main library
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1992 thumbnail picture
For the athletically inclined, a basketball court for a little one-on-one
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1993 thumbnail picture
#1 - Releasing a weather balloon at the South Pole meteorological station.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1994 thumbnail picture
#2 - Releasing a weather balloon at the South Pole meteorological station.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1995 thumbnail picture
#3 - Releasing a weather balloon at the South Pole meteorological station.
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1996 thumbnail picture
Cathy, the radio operator during the summer months, communicating with McMurdo Station
Antarctica, South Pole Station December 1978
1997 thumbnail picture
Ski-equipped C-130's on a fly-by at South Pole Station
Antarctica, South Pole Station Late austral summer 1979
1998 thumbnail picture
The last plane out before the sun sets
Antarctica, South Pole Station Late austral summer 1979
1999 thumbnail picture
The "Doc", Michelle Rainey - first woman to winter over at the South Pole
Antarctica, South Pole Station Late austral summer 1979

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