MagAO 2014B Day 42: Coming Home/Party in the USA

We’re home!!!

And we had a good trip back:

Laird, Jared, and I enjoyed cerveza y papas fritas at our new fave spot in La Serena a.k.a. Havana.

Lunch in La Serena yesterday as we got on our way.
Laird and I walking to the terminal in Santiago
Hmm, wouldn’t you know it, the Admiral’s Club in Dallas has wasabi peas.
A-Mountain in Tucson (exactly centered in this crop) from the plane
Tucson!!! From the air, we could see Arizona Stadium, the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab, and the pool where I swim! A little bit up/left of center here.
Jumping for joy to be home!

It was a good run. 37 nights on sky, good weather, good telescope, good AO, good crew, good astronomers… good data! Thanks to all who made this run a success.

42 days away from home is a long time. But from our pre-astronomer lives, Jared and I are both used to long deployments in remote areas. (Although the bottom of the ocean is a lot more remote than Namibia!). Anyway, we quite enjoyed coming home:

and are celebrating being back home in the USA:

MagAO 2014B Day 41: Gone Away/Glad You Came

Hello, it’s MagAO’s favorite mascot, Vizzy.

Here I was enjoying an afternoon nap at the sunny safe wall spot
But I had to clear out and find a better spot with fewer 2-legs making clicky noises with their small electronic devices

Laird, Jared, and Katie left on Day 41. Here are some pictures from their last couple days at LCO this year.

Laird and Juan pose after taking off Clio
The ASM goes down hill to park by my nice napping spot
Jared and Katie say goodbye to Clay and Baade
Alberto made a cappuccino for Katie on Thanksgiving
Jared a.k.a. PopEye in his natural state.
Jared and Laird by the NAS and ASM
Katie must be sad to leave me. Laird and the driver load up the van. Clay and Baade in the background.
Katie, Laird, and Jared in the ASM

I miss them.

I’m glad they came.

2014B Day 41: Not really switched over

According to the blog, we were working the night shift for 36 nights (see Povilas, the blog can be useful). That means we’re almost completely nocturnal at this point, and not doing so well at this “awake during normal hours” thing. We have an overnight flight from Santiago to Dallas tomorrow night — it may be a long one.

The MagAO team took in one last sunset.

MagAO is all packed up and ready for its ~6 month rest. It’s well deserved — we really made the system work hard this time.

Katie and Laird wrapped up the ASM. This is to keep dust out.
The Burro herd came up to see Katie and me off on our last morning. They formed a guard of honor for us along the road.
So long guys! See you soon.
A trio of Storks (!) caused a bit of a commotion by perching on the DIMM this morning.
Katie took some time to say goodbye to the gorgeous view from Cerro Manqui.

As we used to say in the Navy, just a wake-up to go. We leave at 10 am, and then it’s time to celebrate.