Simon's South Pole Diary – 2005

Simon's South Pole Diary

A diary from my trip to the South Pole, during January 2005.
Simon at the South Pole  
Paddington Station My Jamesway

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. This year, my task was to deliver and install the optical mount (hexapod) for the secondary mirror, to check out the Dewar thermometry/control computer (TINI), and to assist with other telescope commissioning tasks.