With the hard work and long hours we’ve put in over the past seven days we began day eight 17 tiles from the finish line, with 10 already laid and in need of welding and 7 in need of both laying and welding. We quickly got down to business like the well-oiled machine we’ve become and by midday had completed the work. The image below shows the final weld being made on the final tile by Engineer Dave Emrich while being celebrated by myself and Engineer Dave Pallott in the background.
In the last eight days we’ve worked hard, pulling together as a team to overcome obstacles and meet the task of building the foundations of a world class radio telescope head-on. Hopefully I’ll be back to lend a hand when we expand from 128 tiles to 256, or even 512… but until then it’s back to Perth and the job of promoting science and all things radio astronomy.
Before leaving the MRO for the last time on this trip I climbed to the top of the “break-away”, a raised rocky outcrop with a stunning view of the surrounding area.
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