An argument broke out at lunch today over how many days we’ve actually been here. Luckily we have a blog, so we just looked it up.
As the Guanaco noticed, Mario and Frederico have left us after more than pulling their weight. They took the early bus to La Serena.
Now that the TSS is fixed, we moved on to mounting our windscreen. This is just a metal ring that encircles the bottom of the ASM to protect the shell from high wind. We also removed a set of shims from the mounting system.
In the afternoon Laird spent some time perfecting the routing of cables to the W-Unit. This is a hard problem – the whole thing translates in 3 dimensions, and has to be able to turn upside down, and cables tugging on optics generally ruins nights.
Today’s quote: “You know Laird, you need to seriously think about hiring an exorcist.” (Armando Riccardi, commenting on Jared’s project long bad luck with electronics).