Early in the window, we had the opportunity to get a group shot of the entire GREECE team near Pad 3 at PFRR:
GREECE Team at Pad 3 PFRR with GREECE rocket visible in background.
Over 45 people collected together from many organizations, all working to put the GREECE experiment into space over the aurora for a short, but critical time, all put together from scratch over the past two years of work, but resting on decades of Poker Flat and NASA experience.
The group picture was also an opportunity for a “passing of the torch” sort of ritual:
GREECE PI Marilia Samara receiving the “Kvikk Lunsj” from Steve Powell (Cornell Univ), veteran of many launch campaigns.
Steve Powell (Cornell University) presented Marilia Samara with the “Kvikk Lunsj” candy bar acquired for good luck and “quick launches” during one of his recent campaigns in Norway.
Steve is a special guest of the GREECE campaign, having supported and lead dozens of sounding rocket campaigns under Paul Kintner (Cornell University), and been a mentor to and co-worker with all of the GREECE Co-Is over their time in graduate school and beyond.
With the start of the launch window on Friday, 25 Jan 2014, most of the new content on our site has been poured into the NIGHTLY UPDATE page, with some significant additions each night to the Haikus, etc. page as well.
Be sure to check those pages, as well as here on the blog for our activities here in Alaska.
Where’s the action has another meaning for us up here as well.
The magnetosphere has been quiet for the past few days and the solar wind flows and magnetic fields have done little or nothing to wake it up and bring the aurora down from the north, strengthen it, and provide the conditions for an optimal GREECE flight.
While the quiet of the magnetosphere has provided ample time for reflection and discussion of the solar wind’s behavior, what it might do in the next few days, and how that could couple into the magnetosphere, we’d far prefer to see it happen, and happen soon…