Sev talks about SAFER at Paranal
Just before we left Sev (RAL Space) the project manager of SAFER gave a talk to people at the Paranal Observatory. There were some projector problems in the beginning so the recording starts rather suddenly. Also once again sorry about the quality the light levels at ESO have to be kept low and we were not equipped for low light recording. Anyway enjoy the talk:
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.
Large crowd gathers to see Bridget off
It is time for Bridget to leave after many long hard days out in the desert. But this last day is the day for celebration and many people from the Paranal Observatory gather to watch Bridget’s last traverse before she needs to go back in the shipping crate.
Bridget is awake in the Atacama
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.
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…
3rd of October
Today the team headed off at first sunlight to explore the desert and identify the best of the potential trial sites. Stay tuned for updates later today or tomorrow morning…