Expecting to be scheduled only for backup this week with deinstallation Friday night, the ROSETTA team cheered at the dinner table upon news that our flights were in fact scheduled as priority. If all goes well, these nine more flight opportunities are enough to obtain 10km resolution over the whole Shelf! Since Monday morning we have flown three consecutive flights and hopefully the night shift takes off shortly, to make that four.
The previous two flights were lines north of Roosevelt Island. In both flights, cloudy skies forced us to fly above 1800 meters; survey elevation is usually around 950 meters. Today’s flight brought Chris, Grant and I all the way to the southern portion of the Ross Ice Shelf, beyond Crary Ice Rise, where our grid has the least data coverage.
Sure, 7.2 hours is a long time to spend in a plane. But the views are utterly spectacular.
Sorry, the window is quite dirty.