Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station Tour
Ever wonder what the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station looks like? Come along as I take you for a 20-minute walking tour of the galley, the greenhouse, the gym, and so much more!
Special thanks to Ming for helping me film this tour for you!
One room that didn’t make it into the video (altitude-brain got the best of me) is the Game Room. This room has lots of books, every kind of game you could think of, and a foosball table. This room also sits in the emergency survival pod. If an emergency occurred that resulted in people at the South Pole needing to survive for a prolonged period of time, they would go here. There are back up generators just for this pod as well as emergency equipment to ensure they would be safe until help arrived (however long that might take).
Ice Cube Lab Tour
Next up is the Ice Cube Lab (ICL). I’ll take you on a 7-minute tour from the cargo room, to the rows of computer servers, ending on the roof.
I hope you enjoyed the videos above. Internet at the South Pole relies on one of three satellites – DCSC, SKYNET, and SPTR2. These satellites are only up specific times, and those times change throughout the year.
Even when a satellite is up, that doesn’t ensure good connectivity. To upload the two videos above, I had to export them with the lowest quality possible (sorry!). Even then it took me four nights, one of which I woke up at 1:30am to catch a satellite, to upload them to youtube. That’s life at the Pole for you!
Now I’ve only been at the South Pole Station for a few days now, so I’m still learning. If you have a question about any of the rooms shown in either of the tours, please post it in the comments below and I’ll get back to you!