Well, we haven’t been updating much since Justin and Peter (and his beautiful photography equipment) left. We are working hard with reduced personnel. It is hard to believe, but I am leaving in two days as well. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some cell-phone snapshots of the activities around here.
We did have a bit of a break over the weekend, when McMurdo takes two days off (instead of the standard one day per week) to celebrate Thanksgiving. We have been working almost non-stop for several weeks in a row, and decided it was time for the team to relax for a day as well.
We all showed up in the evening to the town Thanksgiving feast. Most people here are far from family, and really go all out to make the celebration special. The galley went all out to make the day happen, even flying in fresh strawberries for dessert.
Early the next day, a few of us headed out to the observation tube (see Peter’s earlier post) just outside town and crawled down to take in the serenity and beauty of the ice underside that ARTEMIS experiences every time its out.
Our time on the ice is short, and we are pushing to get as many missions as possible in before the beautiful weather makes moving equipment on the ice unsafe. The team will be working hard for the remaining time here.
Reporting by Kristof Richmond