The primary South Pole operations Traverse (SPoT) spent nearly 100 days away from McMurdo Station during the 2012-13 season, traveling more than 3,500 miles across the Ross Ice Shelf and East Antarctica. A windy day blows snow across the tractor train as it climbs the Leverett Glacier to the polar plateau. Image © Ryan Wallace
New 360 degree views with panoramic imagery of historic Antarctic locations are part of Google’s World Wonders site, where you can find out more about the history of the exploration of South Pole. The Ceremonial South Pole captured on Google Maps. Image credit: Google
Noctilucent Clouds (NLCs) turn on every year in late spring, reaching almost full intensity over a period of no more than 5 to 10 days, and the bulb is glowing. These electric-blue ice clouds hang 53 miles (85 km) above Earth’s surface, at the edge of space itself, circling the north and South Pole regions. NLCs over Canada on June 13, 2012. Image credit: flying photographer Brian Whittaker.