Simon's South Pole Diary

A diary from my trip to the South Pole, during January and February, 2004.
Simon at the South Pole  
About to embark Ceremonial South Pole Cardiff

Getting There

At the Pole

Getting Home

Why did I go?

Cardiff University, and our collaborators, are building a new cosmic microwave background telescope called QUaD (QUEST ar DASI, or QUEST at DASI) to take advantage of the extremely good conditions for astronomy at the South Pole. In preparation for commissioning the telescope we installed its primary mirror and a foam cone support for the secondary mirror just before Christmas, 2003. My task was to install a laser system to monitor the movement of this structure during the austral winter.