This photograph of the NASA DC-8 IceBridge and South Pole Salutes Veterans Day Contrail the Amundsen-Scott South Pole station on November 4, 2010. therefore it time DC-8 had ever flown over the South Pole.
The aircraft was carrying NASA’s Operation IceBridge crew and science instruments on an arc around the pole, collecting laser altimetry data to improve calibration of the dataset collected by NASA’s ICESat satellite. A camera inside the aircraft looking out through an optical port captured this.
The South Pole, also known as the Geographic South Pole or Terrestrial South Pole, is one of the two points where the Earth’s axis of rotation intersects its surface. It is the southernmost point on the surface of the Earth and lies on the opposite side of the Earth from the North Pole.
Situated on the continent of Antarctica, it is the site of the United States Amundsen.