As a satellite passes overhead, SvalSat's technicians have 12 to 15 minutes to download its data at 300 megabytes a second. The data (images, mostly) is then sent through fiber-optic cables in concrete tubes aboveground (permafrost prevents burial), before it reaches an undersea cable connecting to northern Norway. A new satellite named NNP, a weather satellite, just launched. Pedersen says that the station is in "freeze, to minimize any risk of a problem." His week has been an easy one. The sun recently set for the last time until mid-February. "Then," he says, "you will start to see small light from the south. The blue season, we call it."