January 4, 2007
Most of the days in transit now have become pretty much routine. We spend time catching up. Each site brings up many samples that must be processed, analyzed, and preserved for still later analysis back at land-based labs. All samples are recorded by log numbers that are uniform throughout the system. When the chemistry lab gets its sediment samples, the numbers are recorded within both hand written and computer logs. Each sample is then processed (squeezed and water analysis), again labels are used on all test tubes or devices reflecting the sample being processed. It is all very precise to prevent the lost or misinterpretation of any samples collected.
Steve, the lead scientist, advises that all data will be eventually collected into a single data file available for all scientist and their investigations. I hope to get a copy of this file to also show to my classes and demonstrate proper scientific methodology.