Day (1 and) 2 – setting up

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

Our on-site workshop

Silly euro plugs!

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!)

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.

 

Base camp

Base camp

 

Base camp

Base camp

Tasty ESA snacks!

Tasty ESA snacks!

 

Sams soldering iron collection

Sams soldering iron collection

 

A light mist at the end of the day!

A light mist at the end of the day!

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