Black Island, Antarctica, Station Interior

I spent Nov 5th on Black Island, located about 25 miles South of McMurdo. While there I walked to my furthest south yet at 78 deg 7 min 54 sec! It also marked my first helicopter ride, which was a pretty amazing experience. Just myself and the pilot, so he took me on a little boondoggle to check out a few sights on the way, Pegasus airfield, a wrecked airplane (thanks for that), and we did a couple loops around Black Island before landing. Very cool. The weather was clear and calm, which is unusual for Black Island, known for high winds that throw gravel and roll rocks around. The day before I arrived winds were 60 knots which is pretty typical. Black Island is the communications hub for McMurdo, all satellite signals come through here through large microwave dishes. The helicopter landing pad is painted with a large skull and cross bones. I went right to work because I only had 8 hours on the island and wanted to get as much done as I could. Here are some shots of the station interior, I’ll get to post some exterior shots later. It was an excellent day out there and Tony and Karyn were great hosts.

Kathy and Scott in the Black Island station building
Karyn Martin, the station cook and Scott Gilbert, a utility mechanic, working in the Black Island station kitchen
Tony the station manager (standing) and Scot
Tony Marchetti the station manager (standing) and Scott
The very comfortable living area
The very comfortable living area
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Chill out space
Ken Kloppenborg Sattelite Communications Engineer at work
Ken Kloppenborg Satellite Communications Engineer at work
Bob Croke, IT Project Engineer and Manager at work next to the huge battery array used to store power from the wind turbines and the solar panels.
Bob Croke, IT Project Engineer and Manager at work next to the huge battery array used to store power from the wind turbines and solar panels.
The central nervous system for communications at Black Island
Part of the central nervous system for communications at Black Island
Karyn Martin making our excellent lunch
Karyn Martin making our excellent lunch

Check out my other posts about Black island here:

https://popantarctica.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/black-island/

and

https://popantarctica.wordpress.com/2016/01/01/black-island-panoramas/

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One comment

  1. Nice work, Shaun…. seems to me a great idea that you’re doing some portraits as part of all the architectural images. You never know how you will end up using the work when you return and the broader you can shoot, the better. My project certainly changed when I returned….

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