Our Valley Tents (aka The Sand Box)

Posted: July 16, 2012 in Hawaii

Our mission here on Mauna Kea is to prove that the RESOLVE concept/design of a lunar robotic mining mission will work. That’s why Mauna Kea was chosen as our test site. The geography here is so unusual. It’s all about lava and lava dust; materials that create an environement that resembles the moon.

In the valley, we have some tents set up where the rover spends her nights. We happen to spend a lot of time in the tents. It’s loud because of the generators. It’s incredibly sandy and dusty with lava dust. It is windy. And it is cold. I worked 16 hours today and I am tired. Here are some pictures of our valley tents.

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Can you see the lava dust on everything?
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Somehow, an Athletic Club (of Bilbao) scarf found its way into the tent. This was a gift from our exchange student Beatriz.20120715-230246.jpg

Resting and enjoying the view.
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