23 July 2008

Flight day with goodbyes and welcomes

New arrivals

Newcomers exiting skier 71.

The weather today is good and weather reports for the flight starts at 03:30. The Skier arrives in camp at 08:10 with Thomas St, Trine, Jens Peter, Laurin and Ramon. Many hugs and farewells to Mark, Henrik, Dennis, Henning and Christian M. The pallets are ripped apart and long waited items and spareparts are immediately found. Activities continued in the camp and was followed with a very quiet evening due to early camp activities.

NEEM cargo and fuel teams standing by.

S2 (Mainly used for the European Gas Programs)
Gas pumped at the depths 62.0, 64.0 and 66.0m
Processed ice core to bag 108 (depth: 59.40m)

S3 (Mainly used for US Gas Programs)
Gas pumped at the depths 71.4 and 72.05m
Processed ice core to bag 132 (depth: 72.60m)

S1 (NEEM main core)
Processed ice core from bag 34 to 66 (depth: 18.70m to 36.30m)

What we have done today:

  1. Received skier 71
  2. Placed the solid central beams in the drill trench
  3. Made tables and shelves in the main dome
  4. Continued the process of moving equipment from garage 1 to garage 2
  5. Unpacked pallets and moved food and non-freeze goods to the warm rooms
  6. Cut 2.5 cm water isotope samples and measured ECM on S1, S2 and S3 ice cores
  7. Firn-gas pumping program successfully continued
  8. The traverse has managed to get the CAT on the traverse sledge and dug the fuel drums left at NGRIP year ago free. The snowblower has proved to be very valuable

Ad1: Again a very smooth operation. The skiway, groomed by the Flexmobil and beam groomer, was rougher than our usual standard, but the skier got air born using ¾ of the skiway without the use of jato’s. Compliments to the crew!

Weather: blue sky snow, -7 - 14 C, wind 18 kn from SE, visibility unrestricted

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