Midnight Castle Rock

Laura descending Because Elio graciously took over Tristan’s shift early, a bunch of us night-shifters when on a midnight trip to Castle Rock. And Elio got to be alone for his shift. Again, this involved a climb up the rock, and a sled down the glacier on galley trays. Good times. Also a couple photos from Ob Hill the previous evening. Finally some news: BLAST ran out of cryogens two nights ago, and was finally shut off the following day. Now it’s drifting around the continent until it gets back into range to terminate the balloon and recover. Elio will be recovering, and the rest of us are leaving soon. Thanks Elio. […]

Hut Point (feat. Penguin!)

Penguin! While we’re back in town for flight monitoring, there’s more time for seeing the sights. One sight open over the new year’s break was RF Scott’s hisotrical hut, just outside of town. So, I went inside and explored that. Otherwise, we’ve also been to Hut Point a few times as it’s a prime location for wildlife spotting. I managed to encounter a penguin one day, and an especially active seal another. […]

After the Launch

Outside is the "Petting Zoo" After the launch, and the marathon of line-of-sight calibrations, we left LDB for the last time. Thanks to a bureaucratic mess-up, we only had some wet lab space available for our flight control shifts. Eventually we moved to an office and lost some space and our window, but gained ability to eat and drink and not smell like fish. […]