The science team gets stuck in

7 September 2012 by Anonymous (not verified)

The operation to deploy the moorings continued today aboard the RRS Discovery. With the technicians busy winding the kilometres of cable needed for them, it was time for the science team to step-in and construct the buoyancy units which will ensure the moorings can stand up to the violent storms in the winter to come.

The buoyancy units are spheres of thick but hollow glass encased in a yellow plastic covering. The scientists’ job was to haul them from their containers and lash them together with thick chains ready to be deployed the next day. Getting this right is crucial - if the spheres are not correctly spaced they could begin to smash against each other or, even worse, the instruments.
The science team (with Terry Doyle, Liam Brannigan, Alex Mignot, Danielle Waters, Ben Barton, Yair Yanif and Jo Hopkins) gets stuck in
The science team set about their task with vigor, shocking the technicians who thought they had only been invited for their rugged good looks and ability to request that the 100 m ship be turned round so they can access the internet.

Nowhere to be seen

The work proceeded rapidly during a hot afternoon on the Atlantic and in time the spheres for the next two 5 km moorings were ready. The whole team contributed to the task, with the notable exceptions of Andy Thompson and Gillian Damerell, who were busy preparing their glider for launch, and chief scientist Alberto Naveira-Garabato, who was simply nowhere to be seen for the duration of this gruelling task.

The bright sunshine and calm conditions made this a perfect day for spotting some marine wildlife and so an occasional watch was made for whales breaching in the distance. As in previous days, however, the only sign of life was the odd three-inch long jellyfish.

The job done, the team had plans for drinks on the bow in the sun (dress code: the same stuff you’ve been wearing all week; no safety boots).