|October 23, 2000
-- The ATIC crew spent most of September and October getting ready for
deployment to Antarctica. Since Antarctica is a hostile environment and
facilities are still rather sparse, some of this preparation had to
include an extensive series of medical and dental exams to assure that
no one had any major health problems. In addition, MSFC completed work
on the Silicon Matrix detector and the device, along with some support
equipment, was shipped to McMurdo. LSU also completed its late shipment
of electronics and support equipment.
Currently, an advance ATIC crew has arrived at McMurdo today.
Their job will be help prepare the hanger at "Willy" field where ATIC
will be assembled and to begin some of the initial setup. With two
days to go before the main ATIC crew leaves the U.S. last minutes
details are still being worked out. For example, "How to I fit 3
months of personal stuff into less than 60 lbs!"
Next stop Antarctica!
ATIC crate ready for shipment to