Bridget is awake in the Atacama

Bridget is awake in the Atacama

In the background Bridget's home the Firetrack's shed

Bridget during shakedown tests before the start of the trials (image credit: Mark Woods – Scisys)

The Atacama is an excellent representation of Mars (or as scientists call it an “analog” for Mars) however it is more or less on the other side of Earth from the UK. For the long trip Bridget needed to be taken apart and shipped as components. Before the SAFER trials could begin Bridget had to be reconstructed and tested to make sure everything is in place. Now Bridget is awake and after some coffee (for the operators) she is ready to explore the surrounding of the Paranal Observatory.


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