Features - Life on the Ice
'The Nutcracker' Comes to McMurdo
Residents of McMurdo Station experienced a one-of-a-kind performance earlier this year: a reimagining of The Nutcracker ballet.
Tug of War builds camaraderie between Americans and New Zealanders
A friendly competition brings Antarcticans from neighboring bases closer together for fun and games at the Governor General's Cup.
Looking back at McMurdo's history
On Wednesday, January 19, McMurdo staff organized the annual one-night-only pop-up museum in the station's galley, displaying artifacts and literature from McMurdo's nearly 70-year history.
Making music at McMurdo provides a taste of home
Living and working in Antarctica can be challenging, but the staff at McMurdo Station use music to build friendships, express their creativity, and bring beauty to the harsh conditions of the continent.
The Infamy of the Skua
Like clockwork in late November, the residents of McMurdo Station look to the sky and spot something that many haven't seen in months - birds. The arrival of these feathered creatures is greeted by many with curiosity and anticipation, but also with some suspicion.
Building People Up at McMurdo's Chapel
The U.S. Antarctic Program brings people of all faiths and religious backgrounds together to support science at the bottom of the world. Situated at the end of town, McMurdo Station's small, blue and white Chapel of the Snows stands out against the comparatively drab shipping container-like structures surrounding it.
Secretary of State John Kerry Travels to Antarctica
Secretary of State John Kerry visited McMurdo Station on November 11, 2016, becoming the first Secretary of state to travel to Antarctica, and the most senior U.S. government official to do so. The purpose of the trip was for Kerry to meet with polar researchers studying a wide range of topics supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), many of which related to the global implications of climate change.
House of Ice
During the months-long, dark and frigid winter at the South Pole, members of the station's winter crew spend their free time in lots of ways. Some read books, others watch movies or work on art projects. Still others build igloos.
Icestock Rings in the New Year
Brisk winds blew through a bundled-up crowd, as they collectively bobbed their heads and swayed along to live music. The musicians played below large blue cutout letters that spelled out "ICESTOCK," McMurdo Station's annual New Year's celebration and the world's southernmost outdoor music festival.
Safety Rodeo Roundup
It was no ordinary heavy equipment safety lecture. On a windy Sunday afternoon, a crowd of McMurdo residents gathered at the at the cargo storage area above town to watch McMurdo Station's first annual "Safety Rodeo." Two teams from Fleet Ops competed against each other, driving IT-28 Caterpillar loaders through an obstacle course while a crowd sitting in the grandstands cheered them on.
Yoga in McMurdo
On any given day, residents around McMurdo Station might be found doing the cobra pose, sun salutation or downward dog. These are all poses used in yoga, which has become one of the station's most popular after-hours recreational activities.
In a show of gastronomic diplomacy, McMurdo Station and New Zealand's Scott Base swapped chefs for a few afternoons in December, giving the cooks a chance to pick up new tricks and station residents a taste of each other's culinary culture.
McMurdo's Crafty Side
For one afternoon in December, McMurdo's dining hall was transformed into a small bazaar of handmade wares. At the annual December Craft Fair, station residents gathered to display and swap the arts and crafts projects they've been working on during their off-hours.