Nov 18 – To boldly go where no robot has gone before

Last few days were very successful for us. We fixed most of the hardware and software  problems and were able to finish profiling all the points in the lake. This was the main scientific objective of our mission and we were very happy to be done.

The weather cleared up and and Peter had arrived. John and Peter decided that they would like to get profiling data and bathymetric imaging of the narrows. The mission involved traveling all the way from the bot-house to east lobe of Bonney through the narrows. This was a bold mission and we executed with textbook perfection and efficiency.

We are working on data visualization and I will post pictures here when we have them done.

In today's misison, the bot drove all the way to east lobe of Bonney through the narrows.

Microbial mats at lake bottom in the narrows.

Rocks covered with microbial mats at lake bottom in the narrows.

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5 Responses to Nov 18 – To boldly go where no robot has gone before

  1. Beth Steger (Emma's Mom) says:

    The robot got those pictures of the rocks and algea in the lake? So cool!

  2. alogic says:

    This is the water temperature in the photo? Unusually warm for the Antarctic.

    • sgulati says:

      No, this is not the water temperature. The water temperature is measured by a separate instrument. The lowest temperature was saw was approximately -4.5 degree Celsius below the halocline (the freezing point is lower because of high salinity).

      • alogic says:

        Thank you for explanations. But what then mean the temperature, shown in the photos? Does it mean that camera needs to have extra warm?

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