Keck Expedition 2004
July 30, 2004 Day 1
The remote instrument nodes (RINS) for the broadband seismometers are strapped to the deck and awaiting their instruments.
The crew is up and busy getting ready to cast the lines, but most of the science party is still asleep. They worked through the night to get all the last pieces of equipment stowed. The pilots also needed to get both manipulator arms put on the ROV so that the vehicle could handle all of the installation procedures. The ROV must have three separate serial lines to talk to the broadband seismometers and set their clocks. Paul McGill and ROV pilot Dave French worked over such frustrating details. We even fully assembled one of the loggers for testing at the dock with the help of intern Ben Potter.
We have been warned to expect a rough transit to Endeavour, so everything had to be secured one way or another. Everyone in the science party helped out to clean up and get ready to go. This morning the lab floors are cleared of clutter and all of the computers are tied in place. Our hopes are high for lots of data, but for now some sleep is the job for the day.