January 6, 2014 in Pictures
This gallery illustrates what has been accomplished during the first half of this season in terms of logistical support and scientific projects.
Princess Elisabeth glowing in the 2am sun.
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At the same time, the other side of the station is fading intro darkness: a surrealistic change of colors and tones!
Our mechanic François Tilman (aka "Bobby") welding a sledge.
Snow removal is one of our regular duty.
Expedition leader Alain Hubert using a drilling machine to break the ice covering solar panels on the roof of station's garages.
Flags are used to mark safe paths around the station and between the airstrip and winter park. They become really useful in low-visibility conditions.
Chief mechanic Kristof Soete servicing the wind turbines. Strong winds during past winter caused light damage.
Small stop on their way to one of the surveys location chosen to install seismometers for the LISSA project.
Crossing a Dry Valley, 18km away from the station.
One of the many outcrops the team visited to find the ideal spot to install a seismometer.
Contemplating the Pingvinane nunataks located 12km away from the station.
The Utsteinen nunatak is our landmark when we are heading back home.
The huge parking to the west of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica.
A Christmas drink with the team!
Starters for our Christmas dinner.
Celebrating the last day of 2013.
New year dinner.
Denis Lombardi testing the 4 sismometers which to be deployed on the L0 ice shelf and on the Gunnestadtbreen.
Rescue trainings are conducted at the station in order to ensure everybody is well prepared to possible emergencies.
The wounded has to be carefully transferred on a rigid plate and then in a sledge to be hauled by skidoos.
The second part of training is demonstrating the use of medical kits we carry with us when going into the field.
Mechanics Kristof Soete and "Bobby" are servicing the snow melter, while Marc Van Gelder and Gregory Diez work on a platform for supporting a new tank system, which will be used as a refueling station for skidoos.
Our technical team is removing the power cable connecting one of the science shelters. Not an easy job during a storm with wind blowing at 70 km/h!
Nighat "Gigi" Amin is adjusting the telescope for a DLR survey on the roof of the station.
Jack Touchette at work with the small snow blower we brought back from the former Japanese Asuka station. Repair and recycle!
Expedition leader Alain Hubert, on his way back from a survey, discovers tracks of emperors penguins 15km east of the station.
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