The weather improved dramatically yesterday. The wind has died down and good visibility is back. I never imagined that I would comment on a day with -17 Celsius that the weather is very pleasant! Chris and Bart worked on some battery related issues, Kristof and I worked on wall following code for glacier face mapping, Rachel, Vicky and Bill put together the vehicle and put it on “skis” for its flight on Monday (apart from other stuff). Helicopter flights are back on, and Bill leaves today for Bonney. We are working on packing up stuff and taking it to helo-ops.
We took a shuttle ride to Scott base (NZ station in Anatrctica) which is about 2 miles from McMurdo station.
Array of vehicles that perform various construction and transportation functions in McMurdo.
Vicky and Rachel putting together the last pieces on the vehicle and taking care of any loose nuts, bolts and wires.
Packing up the vehicle's batteries in their boxes.
The vehicle is covered to protect against cold and put on skis to facilitate smooth flying when it is slung from a helicopter.
Myself waiting for the shuttle to Scott base. I live in one of the dorms in the background.
Approaching Scott base.
Myself standing in front of Scott base.
Almost "sunset" at aorund 10:15 p.m. The sun just skims the horizon but never disappears.