Unfortunately one of our mechanical systems has been giving us problems after the fix we prepared before flying out failed to work as well as we had hoped. We have now finished rebuilding Selene however by the time we were ready to test the performance on the “lunar” ground thick cloud had moved in and soaked the entire LRC site! Hopefully tomorrow will bring better weather and we’ll find out how Selene performs!
You can't really tell from this photo but it's really cold and wet here! Everyone has had to retreat into their workshop vans
The Bremen University guys came prepared!
Luckily the friendly ESA support guys have plenty of biscuits and hot tea and coffee available!
The first day was pretty tiring, after leaving the UK at 5am and driving across the island to the north airport to pick up the last member of our team to arrive, Michel. We also found the great hotel a 40 minute drive away from the site. Things were still being set up there however and we had to head to the kick off meeting.
Gianfranco from ESA welcomed us and the support team, however it looked like everyone was eager to get started on the challenge!
Day 2 was the first day on site. We got given our van/workshop and unpacked the gear!
Our on-site workshop
Silly euro plugs!
We still have some parts to incorporate into the chassis, so most of the day was spent rebuilding Selene.
Everyone working hard (except for Michel slacking off to take photos!)
The location is over 2000m high, and it switches between moderately warm and almost freezing cold, and that’s during the day. The night time events are likely to be extremely cold! We do have some spectacular views however and even ended up in a cloud at one point! Here are a selection of photos from day 2.
Tasty ESA snacks!
Sams soldering iron collection
A light mist at the end of the day!