Antarctic Astronomy Gallery 2004/05


Photos from Dome C    
The new 1.8 metre telescope on Mt John, New Zealand
Suze takes her first steps on Antarctica
Remarkable rock formations above Terra Nova Bay
The Mario Zucchelli Station at Terra Nova Bay
The sub-mm telescope at BTN, showing an interesting dome mechanism
Suze and the Twin Otter at BTN prior to departure for Dome
Loading the Twin Otter at BTN
The Trans-Antarctic Mountain range behind BTN
The fuel dump at Mid-point Charlie, halfway between BTN and Dome C
Refuelling the Twin Otter from fuel drums at Mid-point Charlie
Inger pretends to be an Antarctic tortoise
The AASTINO, UNSW's own little green and gold laboratory which houses all of our instruments.
A burglar peers into the AASTINO
Inside the AASTINO, jetfuel from the stirling engine has leaked and caused the blue anti-static map to bubble - and it stinks.
Shipping crates - Suze may possibly be sleeping in one.
Suze unpacks Nigel in the tent
Kaseborer: Much faster than a shovel
Driver: Ensures Kaseborer does the right thing

View through cracked windscreen of Kaseborer
One of our "sealed" crates
Sid the Stirling engine arrives on a sled behind the skidoo
Nancy the Stirling engines heads back to the factory
Jon fits the engine cover onto Nancy
Jon fills the Stirling engine with coolant
Rita the radio operator tracks down our calcium hydride in Terra Nova Bay
The operations centre at Dome C
Monument to Scott
Top-end instrument change, Antarctic style
The work of unknown alien forces, or hoons in bulldozers doing donuts?
Women in the kitchen
Professors in the kitchen
The AASTINO in summer residence mode.
No expense is spared in providing ergonomic seating of the correct height for the AASTINO team.
Hopefully, with the new antenna on the roof our email will work again.
Suze discovers that every PhD student needs a good filing
...and that life isn't all bad.
The new Concordia Station with the AASTINO and the University of Nice ConcordiaAstro experiment in the background.
Suze retrieves "COBBER" from UNSW's Automatic Weather Station.
Suze contemplates how beautiful life could be if only computers had never been invented.
The "other" Kaessbohrer - the one used to drive folk around in.
The heating in the computer room leaves a bit to be desired, so a portable laptop is definitely an advantage.
The arrival of some VIPs to Concordia.
The Twin Otter departs, leaving the dining room in a cloud of snow.
Part of the Concordia construction team waiting for a lift to work.
Jon explains some of the highlights of the AASTINO to Inger and Simon.
Inger and Simon, from the EPICA ice-coring project, pay a social visit.
The Italian ambassador to NZ, Marolla Liana, visits the AASTINO.
Head of logistics at Dome C, Carlo Malagoli, escorts the ambassador around the AASTINO
Gilles demonstrates the correct escargot technique.
Suze is happier now the ordeal is over.
Meanwhile, in the next room, an escargot demolition is in progress.
Dome C hospital, with the ambulance parked outside.
This is why Dome C is so great for astronomy - no clouds and no wind.
Happy birthday, Laura, from all of us at Dome C.
Nigel the fibre-fed spectrometer is installed at the top of the book shelves. .

Rule number one of skidoo riding - don't roll it.
Your tax dollars at work.
The AASTINO is just as handsome viewed from the west as from the south.
See diary for 26 November.
Karim Agabi of the University of Nice discusses modifications to the new telescope mount with Station personnel.
SUMMIT sits in an inverted rubbish tin for testing.
SUMMIT successfully distinguishes between a lump of snow and the inside of the AASTINO.
The main station is to the right, with the two Inmarsat antennas on the roof. To the left is the "free-time tent", which also includes the computer room.
Eric Aristidi (left) and Karim Agabi (right), both astronomers from the University of Nice. In the middle is Marianne Dufour, an electrical engineer on the Concordia project.
Three of the sleeping tents at 10 pm. Note the sun-dog.
First cosmic ray astronomy ever to be conducted at Dome C
(the short wiggly line).
Suze aligns the test rig to measure the sensitivity of Nigel.
A sight never before seen by human beings - the AASTINO in darkness.
The Kaessbohrer travels ahead of the group to create a
smooth path.
The main group arrives.
Don't ask about the camels..
Memorial to the late Dr Mario Zucchelli at the
station named after him on Terra Nova Bay.
Along with the Twin Otter, the C130 Hercules and GPS, such machines have transformed Antarctic research from being "heroic" to "fun".
Departing researchers cross a temporary bridge from the Terra Firma of Terra Nova Bay to the ice ski-way.
Antarctica's only active volcano, Mt Erebus, as seen from the
At Dome C, there is always plenty of parking for when guests drop by.
Refuelling at the loneliest airport in the world.

The Twin Otter Pilot, Monica, checks that all the passengers
are still OK
(Photo by Arnaud Salaun )

If you can land on this tiny patch of ice you are either a) Crazy, b) Canadian, c) A damned good Twin Otter pilot or d) All of the

Our new boundary fence, also doubling up as a power line out to
the seimic experiment.
Jon's continuity test.
Karim's light and fan switches.
Jon makes his toughest decision for the day, note his delightful earring I made from aluminium tape.
Random picture of the top of the MASS window.
Suze and her friend Nigel.
Jon solders with burnt fingers
Jon cleans up Johns mess.
Suze and her friend Gilles
its quite late now.
Photos from the South Pole  
Colin at Customs
The Beagle
ECW Gear
Jessie Departs
Crammed Planet
The AASTO from afar
More Icy Mountains
Climing the tower
Colin at the Southpole
Jessie Playing Pool
Jessie at the Southpole
In the distance....
The Antarctic Centre
All photos are copyright Dept of Astrophysics, UNSW 2004 unless noted otherwise.