The sun has risen in Antarctica for the first time in 4 months.
The sun peaked up over the horizon on August 20. This was a welcome sign that summers on its way for the 11 people currently living in New Zealand’s Scott Base.
This year’s approaching summer is important as it is the 60th anniversary of New Zealand involvement in Antarctica.
The first summer flight arrives in a few weeks and the new summer research season starts on October 3. In total, 200 people will be heading south this summer as part of the New Zealand effort.
The first official recognition of the 60 years of involvement begins on the weekend of September 30. Events include a civic reception, a wreath-laying ceremony and a church service in Christchurch, New Zealand’s gateway to Antarctica.
Scott Base is located on Ross Island in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica.
The closest neighbour to Scott Base is the American base, McMurdo Station, 3km away.