Friday May 29th 2009. Day 15.
Friday. Hooray! Except that I will be working for the next three weekends, so the concept of Friday has now become meaningless! This morning we had a long session trying to work out the timetable for working the next month and a half. I wanted to have the last weekend of June and first weekend of July free, but every weekend we have to have someone on duty to supervise Mission Planning activities and to report in the daily briefings. The problem for ESA staff members is that if they work a full day on Saturday or Sunday they are only paid a maximum of 4 hours work, even if they have been on duty for 10 hours. My colleagues are very honourable and, despite having young families, they insist on taking their turn at working weekends, but it is a bit of a silly situation. In the end, by swapping and swapping turns we were able to sort things out. Another rather odd situation is that for me it is far more beneficial if I work a weekend to take the compensatory days off as annual leave rather than as days of compensation for weekend work.
to advance steadily and quietly. We never imagined that the check-out of
Herschel would advance with so few problems. All those test campaigns are
really paying off now. Despite being the most complex satellites that
In the evening I made another attempt to see the whole of “Twilight” without falling asleep exhausted. This time it was successful and the effort was worth it. It is a wonderful film with some clever ideas and some great humour (“if things go wrong, I’ll become the meal”). The concept of a vegetarian vampire is fascinating.
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