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New Year in McMurdo: December 31, 2014-January 1, 2015

2 Jan 2015, 03:23 UTC
New Year in McMurdo: December 31, 2014-January 1, 2015
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Wednesday, New Year's Eve, wasn't too exciting here in McMurdo. After lunch, I climbed Observation Hill and got a great view of the surrounding area. I didn't see any open water yet, but there are definitely more cracks and melt pools in the sea ice than there were when we got there. We heard more from the team at the SuperTIGER site--they had some issues with the snowmobile, but they've been able to fix them so far. A backup snowmobile went out to the South Pole on Thursday, so if they need it it can easily be delivered by a Twin Otter. The weather Wednesday afternoon was particularly nice, so I walked around the Observation Hill loop and down to Hut Point later on.McMurdo from the top of Observation HillThursday, SPIDER had their first launch attempt. They rolled out to the launch pad a little before I went to lunch, and then I spent a lot of the afternoon waiting for inflation to start. They finally started inflating the balloon a little bit before 4pm, so Sean and I walked out to the hill above Scott Base to watch the launch. They launched a little bit after 5. We then ...

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