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Walking through the new American Amundsen Scott South Pole station

An evening pause: In honor of the 100th anniversary of Roald Amundsen’s arrival at the South Pole on this date, 1911, lets take a tour through the recently completed new Amundsen Scott South Pole station.

At one point right after walking through the cafeteria the cameraman points the camera out a window where you can see several flagpoles. That is where the actual South Pole is located. The camera than looks out a second window at a partly buried dome, which is the old station, no longer in use.

This video astonishes at what humans can accomplish in the most hostile environments.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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2 comments

  • Phil Berardelli

    Interesting video, but only mildly interesting. The person who made it failed to understand the concept that video is an audio medium with images. He could have made it much more interesting by simultaneously narrating the tour and pointing out interesting details — and by showing us more details, such as what’s in that the large collection of photos on the corridor wall. What’s amazing is the sheer size of the complex and the knowledge that every single item and component had to be transported thousands of miles, and that the structure itself must operate in temperatures as low as -100 degrees. It’s indeed a tribute to human engineering and ingenuity.

  • Harvey Black

    Hi, Phil- I got your linked in request. I’ve had trouble with them because of an email foul up. I would very much like to re-establish contact with you.
    Send me an email at my address.
    Harvey

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