Thursday, December 9, 2010 — On Our Way to the South Pole, 8:15 a.m.
Thu, 12/09/2010 - 8:15am
We are on the plane, a LC-130, which is a cargo plane with web seating for passengers on each side and cargo in the middle. There are the five of us and four other scientists who are going back down after a respite trip to McMurdo. We all have our trusty ECW bags and they are strapped in the center where we can get to them quickly. They gave us emergency rations to carry with us. The weather is supposed to be good: clear and minus-30 Celsius with a 15-knot wind, bringing the wind chill to about minus-45 C. It is a three-hour flight, due south for 800 miles. Looking out the window, it is very bright and without sunglasses, you cannot see anything because of the glare. It is so bright it almost hurts.
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