July 5, 2006
The low pressure has moved in and we were back to the pitching and rocking of the ship. The crew assured me that this is a mild weather condition and we have not really experienced bad weather conditions on this trip. As of now we are scheduled for the 12-hour pumping stop, 20 miles outside GSO around midnight on July 8th. Dave is checking and rechecking all the pumping equipment hoping to avoid problems again. This will be our last chance to collect this data.
I watched Dave as he climbed into the enclosed satellite structure and unstrapped and turned on the scanner. With luck we should have Internet access in 24 hours. We are now 760 miles from the US.
Observed Billy, Kerry and Dave review the blueprints for the generators in the engine room. We are still traveling with only one working generator. Despite reviewing the manuals and layouts, it was not possible for them to identify the problem.
Today's "science assignment" was to set up the brand new salinity equipment in the wet lab. The temperature in the lab had to be stabilized for 24 hours before the equipment could be calibrated. We have been collecting samples during the trip and will test them all tomorrow. This data will be compared to the salinity readings recorded in the main lab. Eric and I will receive copies of all related data recorded in main lab during our trip.
Despite several attempts it has not been possible to get the satellite to lock into the GSO signal. All of us look forward to being able to access our land DSL accounts. We have been without newspapers or world news for almost 3 weeks. I really do not miss them. The soccer fans in the crew were not very happy about being out of touch.