Unpacking and testing the robot

November 13, 2008

We tested parts of the robot today to make sure everything survived the journey. The batteries and the onboard computer are working. Bill and Peter flew to Lake Bonney to finalize the melt-hole site. We will test other components tomorrow.

The robot getting unpacked from its crate.

The robot getting unpacked from its crate.

It is summer here and the sun never sets – it just makes a circle in the sky.

00 p.m.

View of the hills from McMurdo at 9:00 p.m.


In McMurdo

November 13, 2008

Nov 10

We reached McMurdo on Nov 10 by C-17 jet. We could walk around at will, and were allowed into the cockpit to see amazing views of Antarctica. We landed at around 3:00 p.m. and were quickly taken to McMurdo station. We attended a series of orientation lectures and were handed over our dorm room keys.

The team at USAP departure lounge in Christchurch. Back Row - Bart, Chris, Kristof. Fron Row - Shilpa, Vickie, Bill, Peter. Bob is missing because he was setting up the national geographic camera.

The team at USAP departure lounge in Christchurch. Back Row - Bart, Chris, Kristof. Front Row - Shilpa, Vickie, Bill, Peter. Bob is missing because he was setting up the national geographic camera.

A helicopter was anchored inside the C-17.

A helicopter was anchored inside the C-17.

Photograph of Antarctica taken from the C-17.

Photograph of Antarctica taken from the C-17.

Landed.

Landed.

Nov 11-12

All people who have to work in the field are required to go to 2 day “Happy Camper” school where they learn essential survival skills. Apart from other things, we learned how to keep ourselves warm in the field, pitch tents in the snow so that they are not blown away by strong winds, build a quinzee and dig a trench, heat water in windy weather, communicate using radios. It was a very useful course, though we were glad to come back to warmth and hot showers.

Mount Erebus, the southermost active volcano on earth, elevation 12,451 ft.

Mount Erebus, the southernmost active volcano on earth, elevation 12,451 ft.

Piling up snow to build a Quincy.

Piling up snow to build a Quinzee hut.

Carting camping gear.

Carting camping gear.

Some clouds had gathered in the evening.

Some clouds had gathered in the evening.