Monday, March 29, 2010

The End of The World

I shot this panorama last week during an inspection trip to the 9-meter satellite dish at the farthest point of the station.  Where I was standing is called the End of the World because it is the furthest place on the station that is normally accessible.  Beyond this point neither machinery nor people regularly go.  Conditions: -65F, 18 mph wind, -98F windchill.

Those antennas might be inspected once a year.


Fern Emma said...

And what are the limitations that keep machinery & people from going beyond this point? From the photo it looks a gently undulating snow field out into the distance.
The cold I can not begin to comprehend.

J. Reaves said...

Fern Emma, what you are seeing in the foreground is the last bit of the station. That area is maintained to keep drifts down. About fifty feet out the surface gets much wilder and more difficult to traverse (in fact there is about an eight foot drop-off). But the main reason people are not allowed beyond this point is it would be too difficult and dangerous to rescue anyone out there.

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