To see a world in a grain of sand,
and a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
– William Blake, excerpt from “Auguries of Innocence”
While at Summit, we keep ourselves very busy trying to accomplish science goals – making measurements, collecting samples, running tests and troubleshooting robot performance. It’s hectic and fun and exhilarating, and it all moves so quickly. Every day, right after eating a delicious lunch and filling up on perfectly scrumptious cookies, I tow my sled of instruments down to the south end of the station. With the last building out of view, I unpack my gear and set out to make a long series of measurements. Before I get started, I remind myself to take a look out over the seemingly infinite expanse of ice and let it sink in. I have the incredible opportunity to be in such a special place doing exactly what I want to be doing. The beauty and calm of the place can be experienced by immersing yourself in the surroundings, or just by taking a look down at the delicate snowflakes that coat the vast ice surface.