And then there were ten…

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2 May 2007

And then there were ten…

After reaching a maximum of 44 people on base last week the calm has now returned to Tara. Waving good bye to Romain, the film crew and three remaining scientists on Sunday, we now have a new team of ten on board Tara for the summer. Joining us on the last flight from Longyearbyen were Herve (returning from a short holiday) and Audun Tholfssen (from Norway). They brought with them the remaining cargo and supplies for the summer including food, timber and solar panels. Additional new crew include Marion Lauters, Jean Festy, Guillaume Boehler, Samuel Audrain and Minh ly Pham Minh from France, Charles Terrin from Monaco and Timo Palo from Estonia.

We have faced many challenges during the last couple of months to build a runway and scientific camp for this crucial period of the expedition. However, despite these difficulties and delays we finished April extremely satisfied that we have achieved almost all of the Damocles scientific objectives.

For now we are busy breaking down the camp and tidying the boat to stock the extra material after the tornado of activity! We will also be reorganizing our work routine amongst the new crew in the coming days, with a number of additional scientific activities to undertake for the next period of the expedition. Things are looking good for the summer thanks to the commitment and tenacity of the winter crew, who with the exception of Herve and myself, are now all enjoying a well earned rest in warmer climes!

We would also like to say a bravo to our support team in Paris, Kenn Borek Air and all visiting scientists in the Damocles project for their hard work. But above all a big thank you from all of the team to our number one supported, Agnes b, for making it all possible!

Grant