Fresh supplies arrive at Scott Base in Antarctica
A US Airforce C17 Globemaster arrived at Phoenix Airfield in Antarctica last night after leaving Christchurch at 1 pm on Thursday.Devdiscourse News Desk | Antarctica | Updated: 05-07-2019 08:29 IST | Created: 05-07-2019 08:28 IST
The fresh supplies are a rare treat for the 12 hardy Kiwis wintering over at our home on the ice.
The flight was originally scheduled for the 26th of June but was repeatedly delayed due to weather conditions in Antarctica.
Scott Base Winter Leader Jonny Harrison says it feels a bit like Christmas at Scott Base this morning.
"Our cargo guy is even wearing an elf hat! He woke up super early this morning to unpack the mail bags and left a piece of mail outside everyone's room so they woke up to a surprise from home.
"Although we are pretty well stocked with frozen broccoli, cauliflower, and peas, it's the little things like being able to have a fresh salad for dinner that's a real morale boost because we can't just nip down to the supermarket," he says.
As Scott Base staff prepare for the busy science season ahead, the plane has also delivered engineering supplies and a thermistor probe. The thermistor probe is used to measure sea ice temperature in McMurdo Sound. It's a key component of Antarctic Scholarship recipient Maren Richter's research.
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