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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:13 am    Post subject: Aurora Australis: Southern lights Reply with quote
Auroras are natural colored light displays in the sky, usually observed at night, particularly in the polar zone. They typically occur in the ionosphere. In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis, named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for north wind, Boreas. It often appears as a greenish glow or sometimes a faint red, as if the sun was rising from an unusual direction. The aurora borealis is also called the northern polar lights, as it is only visible in the North sky from the Northern Hemisphere. The aurora borealis most often occurs from September to October and from March to April. The Cree call this phenomenon the Dance of the Spirits.

Its southern counterpart, the aurora australis/southern polar lights, has similar properties. Australis is the Latin word for "of the South."

Benjamin Franklin first brought attention to the "mystery of the Northern Lights." He theorized the shifting lights to a concentration of electrical charges in the polar regions intensified by the snow and other moisture.

I shot these photos of the Southern Lights through a night vision lens while flying over Antarctica. They don't even begin to do the phenomenon justice, but I thought I'd share anyway.














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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
i would LOVE to get to see those..damn it....your lucky
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Pablo Hunny wrote:
i would LOVE to get to see those..damn it....your lucky


Same here. Jealous
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The pilot gave me his helmet with the NVGs on it and I wore it for like 5 minutes, no kidding, just mesmerized.

Then I realized I was hogging them and he was actually trying to fly a plane, so I started to give them back and he was like, "you can keep 'em on longer if you want." I was like "YES." And I looked for about ten more minutes.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thats really cool. So how was the Antartic?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
-31 degrees. Cold.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Wow Shocked
So what was the pourpose of your visit? Or is that classified :D
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
LukeF wrote:
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So what was the pourpose of your visit? Or is that classified :D


Totally not classified.

http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123115232


Reservists fly Operation Deep Freeze Springfly missions

by Staff Sgt. Grant Saylor
446th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

9/15/2008 - MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. (AFPN) -- Ten reservists from the 446th Airlift Wing deployed Sept. 4 to Christchurch, New Zealand in support of Operation Deep Freeze, 2008-2009 Springfly.

Springfly is the ODF ramp up phase to prepare buildings and equipment, as well as pave the overland traverse to the South Pole, in preparation for the arrival of the main body of military and civilian personnel in October.

The group of C-17 Globemaster III pilots and loadmasters joined forces with 29 members from the 62nd AW, transporting valuable fuel, food and supplies to support the U.S. Antarctic Program and National Science Foundation personnel.

Operation Deep Freeze is a U.S. Air Force-led Joint Task Force, and Airmen from the 446th AW play a critical role in the mission.

"As reservists, we're the ones that provide continuity to this mission since we're here year after year," said Senior Master Sgt. Lance Gustafson, Operation Deep Freeze Springfly superintendent.

Sergeant Gustafson is a loadmaster with the 313th Airlift Squadron, and this was his 28th mission to the area. He was part of last year's team which air-dropped a critical engine part to a stranded fishing trawler in the Antarctic ocean. He said one of the most unique missions in this year's Deep Freeze season is the addition of flying with night vision goggles into Antarctica.

"Obviously, night vision flying is nothing new to us," Sergeant Gustafson said. "But this will demonstrate to the National Science Foundation that we can do it and thereby provide 24/7 support to their personnel in Antarctica, if necessary."

Since fuel is such a precious resource in Antarctica, C-17's from McChord will fly a wind turbine to the central base of operations at McMurdo Station, said Chief Master Sgt. James Masura, 446th AW ODF operations supervisor. If power can be supplied by wind instead of generators, the chief said, fuel usage at the station could be cut significantly.

"If it works," Chief Masura said, "there are plans under way for a wind farm at Scott Base (near McMurdo)."

On mission to Antarctica, 446th AW Airmen must performed under extreme conditions.
"One of the major challenges of this mission is the harsh weather," said Master Sgt. Ernest Barrera, 313th AS loadmaster and veteran of three ODF missions.

"It was real cold and windy on the first run to the ice," Sergeant Barrera said. "As in, minus 44 (degrees Fahrenheit) with the wind chill!"

Fortunately, the 446th's team of experts came prepared.

"We usually wear three layers with a big parka, boots, and face mask," Sergeant Gustafson said. "Our gear is just phenomenal!"

Operation Deep Freeze gives the world an idea of the incredible capabilities of the C-17 and the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force, said Lt. Col. Isabel Kalocsay, a pilot with the 97th AS. She flew her first ODF mission last February.

"With the war in Iraq, it's easy to forget we fly so many other important missions that are not military-related," Colonel Kalocsay said. "This is just one of them."
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Freaking sweet dude
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
that is way cool..your piss would freeze as it fell from the dick
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:07 am    Post subject: how did you Reply with quote
How did you scam that trip?
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