10/24/05 - New crew
It was strange to wake up Monday morning. The ship wasn't rocking, and we had been told we could sleep in because we were in port. Instead of climbing out of the bunks at 5:30 am to be ready for work at 6:00, most folks stayed in bed until at least 8:00. As we drifted into the galley to get coffee, we made our plans for the media day event scheduled that afternoon. The dry lab was busy all morning, duplicating tapes for the TV media, printing out color photos to hang around the lab, and typing up quick summaries of the mission so far. From about 2:00 until 6:00 pm, a variety of news agencies came on board and interviewed the science team. Voice of America recorded interviews with several people including research scientists Steve Ross and Murray Roberts, Educator at Sea Reneé Green, and submersible pilot Craig Caddigan. There were two television crews and several print reporters as well. Several outlets that could not get to Charleston chose to do phone interviews. Bob Schwartz from NOAA prepared tapes for the media and CDs with digital stills for newspapers and magazines. Many outstanding images were supplied by Art Howard.
Today was the halfway point of the trip and a few of the team switched places with new participants. Doni Angell, MT Palmer, and Colleen Young joined the mission as Liz Baird, Reneé Green, Art Howard, and Barb Lupinski departed. The new folks found their berths, stowed their gear, and began to aquaint themselves with the daily routine. MT and Doni went to work answering questions sent from website visitors, while Colleen restocked collection supplies. The departing folks left with fond memories and a promise to follow along on the website.
With samples already "worked up," and other research on hold until we can collect more data, the scientists (all decked out in red hats for the occasion) spent a rare free night kicking back in the ship's lounge, watching the movie The Life Aquatic. Everyone's anxious to get back underway, but Mother Nature has precedence of operation right now. So we shall continue to wish Wilma fast passage through these seas as we await the all clear from the captain.
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