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Rocket Science! - 5 February 2008

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Tuesday 5 February 2008

This week we have been launching XBT rockets off the back of the Shackleton in the name of science. How cool is that!

All of us passengers signed up and with lots of excitement and wearing full PPE including eye protection we watched the first launch. It was a success but not quite what we were led to believe. It went with a plop rather than a wiz or a bang. We then took on the task of collectively saving the data gathered by the war head, into the computer in the dry lab.

It was interesting to see how the collective excitement of five people can turn into disorganised chaos as we tried to feed the required information into the DOS programme. All of us against one computer and the computer won every time. The instruction sheet from BAS said the process was ‘self explanatory’ but I think this applies only to scientists. Eventually we got the job done, not long before the next rocket had to be launched.

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