At Blood Falls

Dec 1

Chris and I spent the morning packing the bot and ensuring that the bot got transported to Blood Falls safely. We flew in a helicopter to Blood Falls camp. The flight was about 35 minutes and the views were breathtaking. We reached Blood Falls at 3:30 p.m. and worked with the rest of the team to set up the tent for the bot platform. At first we did not have the scaffolding and Bill had to stand on the gantry to connect the tent poles at the top. The scaffolding arrived by helicopter and we managed to put up all the tent poles. It was very windy and we put up the top blanket with great difficulty. Finally, it became impossible to beat the wind, and we decided to call it off for the day.

The bot outside the lab at McMurdo.

The bot outside the lab at McMurdo.

Bot about to be drievn to the helo-pad.

Bot about to be driven to the helo-pad.

Bot attached to the helicopter. It weighed about 1800 lbs and was sling-loaded.

Bot attached to the helicopter. It weighed about 1800 lbs and was sling-loaded.

Approaching the site of the bot-house. View from the helicopter.

Approaching the site of the bot-house. View from the helicopter.

The bot-house site.

The bot-house site.

Our camp-site.

Our camp-site.

The bot-house being set up. The robot is wrapped in the black cover.

The bot-house being set up. The robot is wrapped in the black cover.

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3 Responses to At Blood Falls

  1. Rachel says:

    Things are probably off to a rough start out there, judging by the lapse in communication. Vickie sent me a picture of a rubber duckie at his wit’s end a couple of days ago and that’s the last I’ve heard. 🙂 I hope everyone hasn’t gone quacky smacky down there.

    Best…

  2. Rachel says:

    Prophetically, I have just received a nice photo of Bob and Kristof having a Antarctic hoedown. Hopefully more pertinent news will arrive shortly. 🙂

  3. sgulati says:

    Rachel, we have been listening to the CD you made. It is awesome. Thanks very much!

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