Kickoff

“On the 7th Day, We Flew”

C-17 on the runway at Pegasus

C-17 on the runway at Pegasus

After 6 days in Christchurch (see previous post), the weather lifted and both a C-17 flight and an Airbus flight made it south. (This was of course after 12 hours of delays in 4 hour increments or so, one premature ride out to the runway, and a 4 hour nap in the passenger terminal.) The flight took 6 hours, slightly longer than normal due to headwinds but provided incredible views and time to mentally prepare for the season. That flight window proved to be brief, as today’s flight is on a 24 hour delay.

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We spent the first half day getting oriented to life on base, picking up our checked bags, settling into our dorm-style accommodations, two to a room with communal hall bathrooms. We walked through our lab space where we will spend much of our time working on the vehicles- Sunfish during winfly and then Artemis come mainbody- and processing water samples that come back from the field. Below is the sky that greeted us that night, still holding out for the aurora australis.

Nacreous clouds, composed of very cold ice crystals in the stratosphere.

Nacreous clouds, composed of very cold ice crystals in the stratosphere.

Today we’ll get some of our cargo delivered to our lab and start unpacking Sunfish to use as a scout vehicle to help search for the perfect sea ice camp location from which to deploy Artemis from. Up next- Sunfish photoshoot!

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