South Pole Diaries 1994/95

   

   

John Storey and Michael Ashley were scheduled to spend 2 weeks at the South Pole beginning January 26, as guests of CARA (the Center for Astronomical Research in Antarctica, based at Yerkes Observatory in the US). The reason for the trip was to install new equipment associated with the IRPS and microthermal experiments that were successfully operated at the Pole during 1994 by CARA scientist John Briggs. These experiments were installed by Michael Burton and Jamie Lloyd (an Honours student at UNSW at the time) during a trip to the Pole in Februaryruary last year. Jamie is now employed by CARA as one of three scientists who are wintering-over at the Pole during 1995.

The plans for this trip included:

* disassembling IRPS and installing several new filters
* installing a computer-controlled liquid nitrogen filling system and ion-pump for IRPS
* testing the balloon phase of the microthermal experiment, in collaboration with Jean Vernin of the Universite de Nice, who will meet us at the Pole.

In addition, they carried a state-of-the-art Sony Hi-8 video camera to record their exploits for a 27 minute documentary film being produced by the Audio-Visual Unit of UNSW.

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Diary entries for 1994/95