As I start my second week at NSTec, I find it difficult to believe that I have only been in Las Vegas for a week. After completing all of my training at the beginning of last week, I accompanied Veraun up to NNSS to observe a project that they were working on. In this project, the group was injecting noble gases, Xenon and Argon, into the ground to better understand how the gases travel through the ground. Although the experiment was not directly in my field, after asking many questions, I gained a basic understanding of what was occurring at the site. It was extremely interesting being submerged in real field work and seeing firsthand how things work. If there's one thing I've learned it's that field work requires a lot of patience. After delays due to the generator not working, the injection took 10 hours to complete. Although it was a long time to wait, the weather turned out to be very nice and I was able to get to know some of the other people. We then spent the night at Mercury because we didn’t end with the injection until late at night. I have also been busy reading about the geology of the site to gain a better background knowledge of the work we will be completing. Today is the 1st day of 3 weeks of field work on SPE, so I will definitely be getting plenty of field work this summer.
Outside of work, I have been keeping busy with family. I'm living with my grandma and her adorable puppy, Lucy, this summer and have been spending lots of time with her as well as my aunt and uncle and cousins. My dad will also be here for the next couple of weeks.
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