Although the morning started out with weather calm enough for Eric to survey to the North end of Laguna Negra, by the time the biological team started sampling near the location of the Planetary Lake Lander the wind had come up out of the North West. A few hours later, when they wanted to land the zodiac on the rocky beach with their cargo of water samples from various depths of the lake, the wind was gusting strongly enough to make the landing an All Hands event.
The high winds continued through the lunch hour, with a couple of Dome and tent cave ins inspiring an increase in the number of tent pegs and guys strung out in the direction of the wind. While we all caring for our dome covered laboratories, engineering compounds and personal tents, nobody was watching the Bodega-dome, which became entirely airborne in an exceptionally strong gust and flew up the hill several hundred meters. A posse of Roboticists and Astro-biologists gave chase and wrestled it into submission on the hill side. We’ll wait till the wind dies down a bit to re-erect it.
Needless to say, the Lake Lander has plenty of power now. The maximum wind speed detected by the Lander on the lake was 25 kts, but we suspect that the base camp site experienced some gusts of much more than that.
Posted by PLL Team