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SAFER team celebrate

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.

credit: Gerd Hudepohl (ESO)

credit: Gerd Hudepohl (ESO)

note: this in not the entire RCC team credit: Lorraine Moody (Catapult)

note: this in not the entire RCC team
credit: Lorraine Moody (Catapult)

No burst tyres, dust devils or bears can stop these teams.

Milky Way from Paranal

Milky Way from Paranal

beautifull but very cold night

This stunning night-sky, with the Milky Way in the middle was pictured by Mark Woods (Scisys)

When there is no Moon, the sky is an amazing display. This photo, taken by Mark, shows pretty much what you see with your naked eye at night here at Paranal. Amazing! However, if you are thinking about a trip make sure to dress warm.

Setting up Wi-Fi, on the top of the world

Setting up Wi-Fi, on the top of the world

Scoping out the place for the long range wireless antenna

Scoping out the place for the long range wireless antenna

The road to Paranal

The road to Paranal

The "beast" pictured at the road crossing to Paranal

The pictures shows our first rental car nicknamed “The Beast” on the road crossing to Paranal. This is where any traveller to the observatory needs to leave the main north-south road and go up a serpentine over the costal ridge to get to the observatory. There is a small airfield on the other side of the road but sadly the safer team doesn’t own a private jet…

Once half way up the costal ridge the headlights need to be turned off at night which can make this last stretch of the road a tricky drive after sunset.

Antofagasta at first light

Antofagasta at first light

Pictured from the Raddison hotel

This hazy skyline is Antofagasta from the south end of the city. The tall costal ridge meets the sea and in between there is the city.

Antofagasta is a city over 1000 km north of Santiago and the closest city with an airport to the Paranal Observatory. The city is in a very dry environment and gets most of its water from a desalination plant which removes salt from seawater.

After meeting the local geologist last night and discussing the plan for the trials the advance team will head up to the Paranal observatory.