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:
More LCC images
More LCC images showing the layout of the camp:
and people hard at work:
Bridget on Mars
From the beginning it was clear that the Atacama is very similar to Mars visually, but not until you remove the blue of the atmosphere from the photos you realise just how true it is. The following slightly modified images were made by Elie showing of Bridget on this Martian terrain.
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.
After yesterday’s dust devil we have rebuilt the LCC this morning. Special thanks to Raul for providing the new hopefully more wind resistant tent.
This is the RCC
We have just completed traverse “sol3”, meaning the path we have done up to now would have taken 3 Martian days on Mars. We are now in stand-by waiting for the RCC team to analyse the results and upload the new plan.
Loading up Bridget for day 2
credit: Elie Allouis (Astrium)
This is the LCC
The Local Control Centre was completed this morning to supervise operations of the rover and to transfer data back to the Remote Control Centre (RCC) in the UK. You can see how internet and sandwiches are priority over walls here in the Atacama.
Bridget goes to Mars
In the morning Bridget left her comfy shed behind. The pick-up track is not quite as good as the Russian Proton rocket that will carry ExoMars to Mars but it does to job of cutting across the Atacama to the trial site. good luck Bridget!