Ismael’s experience as an ORACLES (ObseRvations of aerosols above Clouds and their intEractionS) Shadow Participant

Hi all, welcome back after a long stretch of silence. Today, Ismael Kangueehi shares his experience as a participant in the ORACLES internship programme with you. Special thanks to Nicky Knox from Namibia University of Science and Technology for organizing this amazing opportunity. Susanne Ismael: My personal experience being an intern for the NASA ORACLES…

Swingin’ in the sun

The Winter Cruise Sea Team is back on shore and says “Good Bye” for now! The team was busy offloading the equipment today and the boxes are now waiting for a lift “home” to Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town and CSIR. Thato brings in the big crane to offload the containers tomorrow, so stay…

When the Southern Ocean Moves You

Have you ever seen an icebreaker roll on the waves? Neither have I, at least from the outside. But after almost two weeks at sea, we have certainly felt it from within. The sway begins with the misaligned tilt of a drunken gravity, and then comes the creep of a bulkhead falling towards a receding…

24 hours on the high seas

Picture a two-story house. Now imagine an elevator in that house, traveling from street level to the roof and then back down again in 10 seconds. And back up. And back down. Again and again. That’s what I have discovered the Southern Ocean is all about: towering swells that swallow our ship and then violently…

The waiting game

By Preston Kemeny The dawn of Monday morning found our team well rested and running up the gangplank, excited to board the S.A. Agulhas II and embark upon their cruise to the Southern Ocean. After securing the incubators, stowing the final gearboxes, and tying down the last of the lab, our heroes gathered on deck…