Derya on November 27th, 2010

7 lives in SeaBed, that is. A couple of days ago when we were on our 6th station, SeaBED disappeared again. We had information that it had completed its mission, both from the acoustic communications and from how much time had elapsed since its beginning, but around the time it was supposed to come back […]

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Derya on November 18th, 2010

Finally, we had two very boring days. On our third ice station, SeaBED got deployed AND recovered successfully two days in a row, the laser scanning, snow depth and ice thickness measurements were done with no major issues and the aerial scanning of the station was also carried out. Since the AUV had completed its […]

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Derya on November 15th, 2010

In the first meeting onboard JCR, Hanu had wished everyone a boring cruise. What he meant by this, of course, was that he hoped everything would go as planned and anticipated- so much that the routine daily operations would become boring. Hmmm… I could use a lot of adjectives to describe our first 7 days […]

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Derya on November 12th, 2010

Last night we all went to bed feeling sad for leaving our AUV in the freezing cold waters of the Antarctic, under thick blocks of ice. We had a rough idea of its position; its last reliable location was known and an avalanche beacon helped range to it but pretty much all other communications were […]

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Derya on November 12th, 2010

Not having accomplished a real science mission yesterday, our day started at 7 AM today with plans to test our equipment on the deck and then go out on the ice as early as possible. There are different tasks that need to be carried out on the ice (and to be repeated everyday at each […]

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Derya on November 8th, 2010

Finally, our first team photo! Till took this towards the end of our first day on the JCR, while still at port in Stanley. Clearly some of us were having a better time than others. Our AUV SeaBED was shipped ahead of us, in two very large boxes. We finally had access to those boxes after boarding the […]

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