Antarctic Blog 20 December 2016

Ready To Sail

by Julia Schmale

Current position: 33.90242 S / 18.42593 E on Dec 20, 2016 at 06:46 UTC

There were lots of tasks on the menu for Cape Town. First two transformers had to be installed to connect the atmosphere lab container to the ship's power grid. The job was done in one day and so we had a comfortable amount of time to test all instruments and to officially start the ACE-SPACE measurements.
Research vessel Akademik Tryoshnikov in the Cape Town harbor with the Table Mountain in the background, ready to depart
Changing filters in the harbor of Cape Town
Last installations in the container
The air in the harbor is "not too bad" with roughly 15000 p/cc.

Today is the last evening on land. It will take us roughly 4 days to reach Marion Island, our first destination. We are very much looking forward to getting on the way.

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