Moving the Mobile Science Facility

The construction team at Summit Station, Greenland, has been super busy over the last couple weeks with preparations in anticipation of the incoming science groups. One of the big projects has been relocation of the Mobile Science Facility (MSF) which currently houses the U.S. National Science Foundation-funded ICECAPS project (PI, Von Walden, U Idaho). The construction team and heavy equipment operators had to excavate the structure, free the iced in skis, and drag it to its new location about 80 meters away. This move will occur annually to minimize drifting and keep the structure above the snow surface. The researchers were on site to ensure that all the instrumentation was properly shut down, secured, and powered up at the new location.  Here are a few pictures of the process (all courtesy of Ryan Neely)--Katrine Gorham, PFS/CPS

MSF Move 2011 _ 03
MSF Move 2011 _ 03
MSF Move 2011 _ 07
MSF Move 2011 _ 07
MSF Move 2011 _ 16Crop
MSF Move 2011 _ 16Crop
MSF Move 2011 _ 01
MSF Move 2011 _ 01
Resize of MSF Move 2011 _ 15
Resize of MSF Move 2011 _ 15