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HICAL 2b launched on December 12 and 2a launched on December 13. I saw the first launch. They're small (<12 lbs) payloads, and so can be released by hand.In the picture, Stephen's holding the payload on the far left. For the one I saw, the rigger who ...

No Siple but Plenty of WAIS

Both of our flight opprotunities to Siple Dome were cancelled. The first one was scheduled for Friday. The second one for Saturday. There are no flights on Sunday and ANITA would be at Siple Dome by Monday. So we cancelled any and all trips to Siple Dome this season.

It ...

Fastest Turn Around in the South

Incredibly, there's a possibility that we'll make it to Siple Dome as soon as tomorrow. David and I arrived yesterday, but we talked to the flight coordinator last night and managed to check in all of our cargo in for the flight this morning. In the picture, we ...

Deployment for ANITA-4

As usual for these trips, I'm feeling antsy. But this time around, the feeling is warranted. ANITA launched on Dec. 2 UTC, the same day I started my journey to McMurdo.

To get to McMurdo, I first travelled to Christchurch via three flights: a puddle jumper from San Luis ...

Pegasus Landing

It's still beautiful here.

Mountains near the Pegasus landing site on the Ross Sea.

Mountains near Pegasus

The Hercules LC-130, flown this time by the New Zealand Air Force.

The Hercules LC130

Me delighted to get off the Herc.

Me happy to get off the Herc


I heart WAIS Divide

White on White

Crash Landing


So behind!

Flight Ready

Hang test complete, next stop space!

Going Dancing

Lots of tests outside

Broken Glasses

Sometimes there are casualties.

What Are We Doing Here?

How high can the universe accelerate particles and how does it do it?

Christchurch: A City in Waiting

Christchurch after the earthquakes


Getting excited for my trip down south

ANITAns make fireworks

Scientists and explosives

ANITA-3 Integration

How I spent my summer vacation