Polarquest2018 crew is in Iceland readying Nanuq to cast off!
The rough seas will not prevent Nanuq from starting its scientific programme right away with two of the four experiments:
- The PolarquEEEst (Extreme Energy Events) Cosmic Explorer is going to be installed on board in the coming days by a dedicated team from Centro FERMI and INFN Bologna, who have been busy testing the detector in Iceland since Monday. This is an unprecedented programme for the measurement and study of cosmic rays at polar latitudes, with a detector developed at CERN (Geneva) by the Enrico Fermi Centre (Rome), in collaboration with the INFN (National Institute for Nuclear Physics), as well as with the participation of school students from Norway, Switzerland and Italy. On board to take care of the detector are Alberto Rolandi, a young physicist from EPFL Lausanne, and Ombretta Pinazza of INFN Bologna and CERN.
- The Nanuq-MANTANET Microplastics sampling programme under the scientific responsibility of ISMAR-CNR Lerici (IT) will also be starting immediately after departure. It is in the hands of Safiria Buono, who is currently busy assembling the Mantanet for sampling with calm seas and preparing the bottles for rough seas sampling.
All the scientific activities of Polarquest2018 will be documented and shared – as much as possible – live through social networks and Polarquest2018.org website, live connections with Italian TV RAI Uno and through the production of a documentary that will be broadcast on various international channels.