Daily Science Report: Monday January 30th

We just completed our “Zodiac” transect with Jason after another elevator run and are about to start a short transect which we’ve called “Freeblast”. At times, today’s dive made the pilots concentrate, with near 100m high, vertical, gabbro walls of massive gabbro, which were also very difficult to sample. But, we now have 209 samples on board and expect to get close to 250 by the time Jason is recovered in the morning. Next we move over to site A and will be surveying with Sentry tomorrow & mapping the 3rd dimension of the magnetic stripes at that locality. Star rock of the day is a pyroxene bearing troctolite, with 4cm diameter, dendritic, olivines and rare 3cm long clinopyroxenes.