SAFER team celebrate
The work is far from over, the study team will continue analysing data and publishing results but for now the field trial part of the trial is over. Both the Atacama team and RCC celebrates the end of the successful trials.
A visitor this morning
Sweeping the desert
Sweeping the dusty Atacama might seem like a futile effort but these sweepers are not removing dust, but removing tyre tracks and footprints, all to preserver the site and not to give out any clues to RCC by accident.
As if dust devils wouldn’t be enough, we have also spotted a bear in the distance about 100 meters in the direction Bridget is heading!
While the picture only shows a play of shadows we dedicate this post to the threatened spieces that live in South America in the Andes Mountains the spectacled bear: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectacled_bear
Intermission – Guillermo Chong talks about Chile
We were lucky with the timing of our trial as Guillermo Chong gave a presentation on Chile yesterday at the Paranal Observatory and the SAFER team was invited. Even better news is that we recorder the presentation and uploaded it to youtube so you can watch it too! The recording quality is not great but the presentation is really interesting:
The Beast is dead, long live the Beast
It is my duty to deliver the sad news that we won’t be getting back The Beast. It also had some battery problems and it will take longer to fix than anticipated. But instead we got a brand new Black Beast, with better off-road tyres and a roll-cage just in case. Long live the Black Beast!
Ever since we got told we would be staying the Bond cabins at Paranal we were wondering who will be the lucky one who gets number 7. Now we now, our team geologist Derek Pullan from the University of Leicester is our secret agent. We still think the builders missed a trick and the room should be 007…