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The views

  Moon in the morning on August 22, 2004.  The moon circles the sky 24 hours a day on its edge.

  The second C17 WINFLY plane leaving on Aug. 22, 2004.

  The C17 lit by the sun above the antenna we use for tracking the ozonesonde.

  Mt. Discovery with the pink and shadows in the sky, Aug. 22, 2004.

  The Chalet, where the NSF directors of McMurdo have their offices.  The moon is over Observatory Hill.

  The moon over the Chalet, Sept. 23, 2004, one month after the above picture.

  Cosray sunrise, Aug. 25, 2004.  These are PSCs.

  Cosray sunrise, looking over Scott Base. Aug. 25, 2004

  Cosray sunrise, Aug. 25, 2004, with beautiful PSCs.

  On a town tour, on a very cold day (Condition 2).

  Mt. Discovery, Aug. 27, 2004.  They are building the ice runway just by the shore here.

  Mt. Discovery, Sept. 2, 2004, during a snowstorm.  Apparently the clear weather we experienced during our first week here was anomalous.

  Sunset, Aug. 29, 2004.

  Chapel of the Snows, Sept. 3, 2004.  It is used for yoga on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and church services on Sunday.

  View from the pulpit.

  Stained glass window inside the chapel.

  View from outside the chapel over the ice toward Mt. Discovery.

  McMurdo from the road to Arrival Heights, Sept. 8, 2004.

  NASA radome on Radarsat hill, Sept. 8, 2004.

  Castle Rock sign, Sept. 8, 2004.  It was too cold to take the trail that day.

  Filling up the van with gas, Sept. 10, 2004.  As the van gets about 1.5 miles/gallon, considering that it idles a lot and is cold, and gas costs $37/gallon here, including the cost of getting it here (although there is no price counter on the gas pump), vehicles here cost 400 times what they do at home per mile to drive.

  Mt. Discovery at sunrise, Sept. 10, 2004.

  Trans Antarctic Mountains, Sept. 10, 2004. In the foreground are the dive locker and a Pisten Bully.  On the ice you can see the snow blowers preparing the ice runway.

  Lou coming up to the van with Mt. Discovery in the background, Sept. 10, 2004.

  Leroy, an addition to our rear view mirror.  The snow formed from the water vapor from the van's exhaust on a clear day.

  Me in front of McMurdo near Discovery Hut, Sept. 10, 2004.

  McMurdo with Ob Hill, Sept. 10, 2004.

  Lenticularis clouds in the morning, Sept. 12, 2004.

  The sky at midnight, Sept. 17, 2004.  We could see the moon, the stars, including the Milky Way, and the red horizon.  This picture cannot capture the real beauty.

  The Ebel Drift, named after Mike Ebel, who takes care of Crary Lab, on his birthday, Sept. 23, 2004.  If you come to Antarctica enough, you get geographical features named after yourself.

  Dave Ginsburg surfing the back of the Ebel Drift, Sept. 23, 2004.  According to Dave it was about a 3-4 ft day and super glassy conditions.

  We decided to give Mike Ebel a gift from our group, too.

  The Ebel balloon.

  Sunset on Sept. 26, 2004.  For closeups, see below.

  Wave clouds and PSCs above Scott's Discovery Hut at sunset, Sept. 26, 2004.

  Wave clouds, mountains, and PSCs above at sunset, Sept. 26, 2004.

  An angry sky, with wave clouds and PSCs at sunset, Sept. 26, 2004.

  A halo around the rising sun, Sept. 28, 2004, caused by ice crystals in the fog.

  Fata Morgana at the base of Mt. Discovery, Oct. 1, 2004 on a very cold and windy day.

  Fata Morgana to the left of Mt. Discovery, Oct. 1, 2004.  Note the "floating islands" and mirror effects.

  Fata Morgana at base of White Island, Oct. 4, 2004.

  The southern sky at 11 pm, Oct. 4, 2004, with the clouds from the power plant stacks in the foreground.  This is as dark as it got at night.  Starting on Oct. 15, the sun will  not set for the rest of the year.

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