Artemis Arrives!

After a few days of high winds and blowing snow, the weather broke and we made it out to our field site yesterday! It’s been a while since the last post and this is going to seem like a bit of a catch up on several days, but is in fact entirely composed of yesterday’s events. Busy day.

In order of appearance

Snow Machines

Now that the weather is warming up (a bit), the idea of traveling by snow machine is much more palatable. We finished our training yesterday and the whole B259 fleet headed out to our field camp in the morning- 4 snow machines and trusty PistenBully 317.

With the arrival of summer, so comes the snow machines. Our team will use four to cut down on travel time and get to and from our sea ice camp. No one is particularly upset about this development.

With the arrival of summer, so comes the snow machines. Our team will use four to cut down on travel time and get to and from our sea ice camp. No one is particularly upset about this development.

Randy of A Christmas Story demonstrates proper snow machine attire. Except add googles, a helmet, another pair of mittens, and a windproof balaclava.

Randy (A Christmas Story) demonstrates proper snow machine attire. Except add googles, a helmet, another pair of mittens, and a windproof balaclava.

Sunfish Ops

Game face. Peter and Chris at the helm of Sunfish during a dive.

Game face. Peter and Chris at the helm of Sunfish during a dive.

Chris and Peter had been taking advantage of the weather days to work on some code, specifically to refine the method the vehicle uses to calculate its position which is important because GPS does not work underwater. This allows us to know the position of the vehicle, navigate to target points, and map features. We also had some visitors who were just as curious as we were-

The Fish Hut finally earns its name. Pagothenia borchgrevinki, the bald notothen, is a species of cod icefish native to the Southern Ocean. Thanks to Gretchen of B-134 for the id on this cryopelagic species.

The Fish Hut finally earns its name. Pagothenia borchgrevinki, the bald notothen, is a species of cod icefish native to the Southern Ocean. Thanks to Gretchen of B-134 for the id on this cryopelagic species!

Camp Maintenance

Between Sunfish dives, a few of us took the opportunity to clear some snow drifts around camp after a few days of wind and snow. Steve, our implementer, has been awesome in clearing off the majority of snow with his dozer, but it’s up to us to keep things like our fuel cache clear. The framing for the Bot Garage room is also up, now we just need some more time with light winds to finish the roof.

SIMPLE Camp, under construction and coming soon!

SIMPLE Camp, under construction and coming soon!

C-17 Inbound

Normally, that would be plenty of action for one day… except the good weather meant a C-17 was landing after nearly a week of delay. After bringing Sunfish back to the lab and a quick dinner Peter, Britney, and myself suited up to take our snow machines out to Pegasus Ice Runway to meet, amongst a hundred scientists, contractors, and flight crew, three more members of our team and Artemis! Cause for celebration.

Watch the feet and take notes kids.

Watch the feet and take notes kids.

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Evan, Kristof, and Brian have arrived, bringing the B259 team to 11! Britney (at left) wanted to be in the picture too.

Artemis!

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