Blog Posts Tagged "Atlantis"
It is great to be going to sea again, especially for just a few weeks! Expedition 327 was fantastic, but spending two months at sea was difficult. I'm glad to be back to short expeditions again, and working with the amazing crew and technical folks on the R/V Atlantis. I arrived in Astoria, OR this afternoon.
Well, my bags are packed and sitting by the door, my family, including the dog and two cats, are kickin' around, waiting to take me to the airport. Three planes and a car ride will get me from the rainy side of Hawaii Island to the R/V Atlantis. Some work setting up the ship's labs, a few meetings, maybe a sighting of a seabird or two, and then we'll be off! I'm excited,
This morning I woke up at 4 a.m. eastern time to start my journey out to the west coast to board the R/V Atlantis, the research vessel we will be sailing on for the next 3 weeks. Usually, in our family, my oldest son Reuven (9 years old) is the first one up and out of bed. But today, I was out the door before he woke up!
I got to meet JASON today, and while I don't look my best (a red-eye flight will do that to you!), I'm thrilled to have finally come face to face with the legendary ROV. I'm posting a couple of pictures. He's being modified, poked, primed, prodded, and groomed for our upcoming voyage. It's amazing all the parts and facets to JASON!
It's not a sled that you might want with you on a snowy hillside. This is a piece of equipment almost like a small wire bookcase with sample collection equipment on its shelves. It has been sitting down at the bottom of the ocean at one of our study sites for a whole year. Yesterday, Jason helped to release it and sent it up to the ocean surface.
Today was a great day for video broadcasting live from the Atlantis! We did our first program this morning to the North Museum in Lancaster, PA. This program was hosted by Jim Ringlein, who is a curator there. We had three special guest stars: Katrina and Gus - a scientist and graduate student from the University of Southern California - and Amy, the third mate on Atlantis.
"Here Hector entered with a spear eleven cubits long in his hand; the bronze point gleamed in front of him..." Homer - The Iliad.
Today the weather was calmer and JASON was able to go back in the water - to deploy osmosamplers and take water samples at the two sites we were supposed to go to yesterday. So it's been down all day and is expected to stay down in the deep throughout the night.
Today there was much cause for rejoicing on the Atlantis! As you may have read here earlier in our expedition, we fought with the stuck data logger on the head of the observatory (CORK) at Site 1027. We tried numerous strategies to pull that thing out, a task that also went unfinished last summer using the JR.
Just as Jason of Lolcus required the sorcery of Medea to complete his tasks to obtain the Golden Fleece, our Jason of the Robots required Medea's help too. One objective of the mission was to repair a CORK, numbered 1027. To do so, the "top hat" needed to be extracted to remove a broken data logger and install a new one.