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Hanging up winter’s coat

12 Nov 2012, 15:04 UTC
Hanging up winter’s coat
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Alex writes: The radio buzzed: 5 minutes until the arrival of the plane, 40 minutes earlier than expected. Antarctica has never been one to throw such surprises, usually we have to deal with unexpected delays. The winter crew scrambled. Outside, … Continue reading →

Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA - A. Kumar
Alex writes: The radio buzzed: 5 minutes until the arrival of the plane, 40 minutes earlier than expected. Antarctica has never been one to throw such surprises, usually we have to deal with unexpected delays.
The winter crew scrambled. Outside, I heard a new noise so foreign to my ears it felt like meeting an old childhood friend - the sound of distant propeller engines humming over the Great White Silence. The sun blazed overhead and with only a mild wind, the station's exhaust willowed out, hanging over the area adding mystique to this life event.
The first plane to break our period of complete isolation in 9 months had arrived, to the day.
Credits: ESA/IPEV/PNRA - A. Kumar
Winter finally broke and so did our team's winter coat. Around 10 new arrivals embarked from the plane which arrived from the Italian Coastal Station, some old faces and some news ones ...

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