IceTop, the Air Shower Array of IceCube
Building an Air Shower Array
A New Home for Our Tanks
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The tanks are uncrated, unwrapped, and moved to a staging area near the spot where they will be deployed.
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Sunshade frames are installed in preparation for deployment of the tanks.
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The tank site is carefully surveyed and marked with flags. A bull dozer cuts a trench in the snow for the two tank site. Workers level the tank sites by hand.
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The tanks are moved from the staging area into the trenches. They are placed precisely into position and check again to make sure they are level.
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Even on a nice day at Pole, working outside at -35 requires some time for thawing out!
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