Last night we began transit to the base of Axial Seamount, the volcano which we are studying and deploying instrumentation on during this expedition. The trip took about 18 hours, most of which I spent asleep
I can see the coast of Newport off in the distance. The view of the magnificent rocky coastline shrouded in marine fog and gleaming in the sunlight is shrouded by the feeling of loss that reaching shore means.
Gems are seen as the epitome of beauty. There is nothing to compare to the luster and shine of a well-cut stone. The refraction of the light mesmerizes through its rotating shafts at every curve and crevice.
Day four out here at sea! It feels good to get back in the swing of ship life, with ridiculous amounts of food and hard-working scientists and engineers who say they sleep sometimes, but I often doubt it.
There are many interesting student projects on Leg 1- research and making biology catalogue, outreach videos, and a children’s book. I’m going to make a video about the relationship between hydrothermal vents and astrobiology.