|Atlantis the morning of departure. |
(photo by Chris German, WHOI)
Before embarking, the science team was very busy preparing Atlantis for departure. Everyone was to be on board by January 4 so we could ensure a full day on the 5th to unpack, unload equipment, and secure everything on board. It was also the time to give loved ones a good-bye phone call, as communication is now very limited from the ship.
|The science team in their "gumby suits."|
After departing. the science team had safety training, which involved putting immersion suits—better known as "gumby suits"—and afterwards deploying a rescue boat as part of a practice drill.
After heading south past the Florida Keys, we turned west, into the sunset to skirt Cuba, and right now we have nothing but smooth sailing.