Sep 132012

Aurora Australis and Hobart

At 10pm Eastern Australian Standard Time tomorrow evening, the RSV Aurora Australis will slip south into the night. The final day of preparation will see last minute touches to all the labs on board, equipment being stowed for transit, helicopters landing on board, and the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) being assembled and launched.

Then all expeditioners will board, ready to begin the process of safety briefings, inductions, and settling into the confines of a research icebreaker.

But for now, its time for goodbyes and, well, the good old Antarctic ‘hurry up and wait’.Lab farm on the foredeck



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