Trying to make sure every incubator onboard receives an equal amount of sunlight can be tricky.
Françoise Morison prepares her equipment for testing.
A successful launch of the trip's first weather balloon. The balloon will gather information in the critical space between the ship and aircraft capabilities.
A reflection on day two has left me in awe of the work that is done here. A moving lab presents challenges that science on land often escapes. The first of many--how does one secure sensitive equipment? The Atlantis does not allow drilling into tables so a network of bungee cords creates some stabilization.
"If it works the first time, you are either the luckiest person alive or you are not doing it right," said Elizabeth Harvey. Harvey is one of 32 scientists who spent the day testing their equipment ahead of the first testing location (about four days out). Waves, wind, temperature a multitude of factors change the approach. What strikes me the most is how adaptable the entire crew is. You have to be.
This link gives you an idea of how high the waves were Wednesday:
I love surprises, they give us the opportunity to dive into the unknown with unquenchable curiosity. I have never been at sea, for more than a day, and I certainly have never seen a floating lab at work. The mission is the North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES). This blog is not about the science as much as the people behind it. I will leave the science discoveries to the 32 bright minds aboard. So how does a floating lab work? Let's figure it out together.