This entry is written by Debbie Thomas, co-chief scientist of Expedition 378. It comes from her Expedition 378 Odyssey blog, which can be found here.
Current location: 45° 48′ S; 172° 38′ E
Local time: 1120 Jan 13
Our current ETA to arrive at Site U1553 is now 1200 Jan 15 (this is 1700 Jan 14 back home in College Station for those of you following along in timezone wonderland). Preparations to begin drilling operations have begun in earnest, and LC had the chance to head aft to see the activity on the rig floor and down in the engine room.
LC is sitting next to the very first drill bit that we will deploy on site to begin APC coring operations. Kevin Grigar, our Operations Superintendent, provided me with some very cool animations that explain the drilling and coring process, except that they are too big to upload from the JR. So, I took some key screen captures and cobbled them together in a pdf that is still really informative:
In other news, we have been adopted by dozens of beautiful albatross, and I snapped nearly a hundred pictures trying to get a cool shot:
Until the next time,