20 deg 10S
Longitude: 57 deg 29.8E
Wind Direction: E
Wind Speed: 8 Knots
Sea Temperature: 85°F (29.4°C)
Barometric Pressure: 1013.1 MB
Daily Update: Hard work today, steaming east tonight
By Amy Nevala
only for meals and water, the ships crew and the
DSOG team logged another sweaty, 14-hour day. They assembled
and loaded several tons of equipment littering the dock
in preparation for our night departure.
their non-stop effort, a lot of work remains for the DSOG team
during our two and a half day steam to the first research site.
Installing video cameras, testing thrusters aboard Jason and
assembling electronics on the vehicles are just the beginning.
still have a list of things to do this long, said Jasons
chief pilot Will Sellers as he stretched out a grease-smudged
the ship, the scientists secured equipment for sea. Laptops stick
to tables with duct tape and Velcro. Bungee cords wrap video monitors
and printers. Padding under everything prevents bumps and slides.
A loose monitor or other heavy gear could easily tumble off a bench
and ruin someones day - or their toes.
With a month of research ahead, organization
is key to accomplishing the scientific goals of the cruise. Frequent
meetings between the scientists, the DSOG team and the Knorrs crew
will help us stay on track. Before dinner, we gathered in the main lab to
discuss Jason operations and plan scientific activities for the
first few days of the expedition.
purple and orange sunset lit Port Louis this evening, our last
glimpse of land for 30 days. By 2200 hours (10 pm for you landlubbers) Knorrs engines
will fire up and our bow will point away from Mauritius. Tonight
we steam east to the hydrothermal vents of the Central Indian
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