Three days until the rest of the science party comes aboard, and we're getting equipment ready.
A new computer-based controller was recently installed
on Revelle to manage deploying and recovering the CTD
(Conductivity-Temperature-Depth) instrument that
measures in-situ seawater properties and brings
samples of seawater back to the surface. Crew members
operate the controls and we've hove-to a few times for all
to get familiar with this operation before we 'go live' a few
days from now. This picture shows the 'hand's off'
over-the-side position of the CTD crane and the wire
descending 1500 m into the abyss.
the cruise and pre-labeling liners and assembling hardware
that makes up the various types of coring devices we'll use
has begun. Here Angel Mojarro rivets a core cutter/catcher
assembly on the bottom of a core liner, under the watchful
eyes of Coring Techs Paul Walczak and Chris Holm. Kim
Baldwin's turn is next.
record subseafloor echoes during the seismic collection
phase of the cruise. Towing depth will be carefully maintained
at 2 m below the sea surface by bright orange mechanical 'birds'
attached to the hydrophones, and whose 'wings' can be controlled
from the ship. Here Seismic Techs Lee Ellett and Jay Turnbull are
training Kim Baldwin in the workings of these devices and guiding
her pre-programming instructions for the birds to follow during the
first seismic deployment not long from now.
Meanwhile, steady 20-25 knot SE Trade Winds push and roll us along towards our rendezvous off Alotau, Papua New Guinea. ----- Greg Mountain