"Here's some simple advice: Always be yourself. Never take yourself too seriously. And beware of advice from experts, pigs, and members of Parliament." ~Kermit
This morning we were able to tour the Power Plant and see the generators in action. We had the opportunity to ask questions about distribution, power failures and how the plant automatically and manually deal with the daily needs of the Station.
We also took a tour of the Dark Sector. This outlying area of the station houses projects that are detecting energy of different kinds and requires that personnel in this area refrain from using radios and also white light in the winter. BICEPS is looking at electromagnetic energy. South Pole Telescope (SPT) is looking at light energy. Ice Cube is tracking Neutrinos as they pass through the earth. We were able to meet with ask questions of the scientist currently running these experiments. It's an experience to interact with the scientist and see how passionate they are and how excited they get to discuss and share what they are discovering about the universe.
This afternoon Kriete changed out the pressure switches on our water pump for our water supply. The contacts have been slowly wearing out on the old one and like to stick open or close. Kriete also assisted the fire department by supplying them with tractor support to pull their equipment around the airfield for the LC-130 mission today. The rest of the crew offloaded 21,133 gallons of fuel and prepped our now empty bladders sets for our return trip. This involves filling the bladders with air and readjusting the straps. Thus far this is the most efficient and least equipment damaging method I have come up with for transporting all equipment back across 1,036 miles of Snow and Ice.
Dinner was Mexican Night with a Nacho Bar, Veggie Burritos and Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Breast. Dessert was a Chocolate and Strawberry Doughnut Bread Pudding. I had mine with a side of Strawberry Ice Cream.
Intentions: Day of Rest. Offload Fuel. Science.