First impressions


The trip to Zermatt began yesterday at 5 o'clock in the morning. In addition to the extraordinarily beautiful landscape we also enjoyed a train-car-ride through a 17 km long tunnel. One of us compared it to a roller coaster ride. Around 5 o'clock p.m. we finally arrived at the hostel. With the Matterhorn right in front of our house door we could not wait for the next day. The waiting time was shortened by the opening of the vernisage, where students present visionary ideas about life on the moon. We had a wonderful evening and befriended foreign students.

Today we went up on the glacier (Klein-Matterhorn) for the first time. The gondola ride takes about 45 minutes and gave us impressive views. At this point we would like to refer to the photo gallery - it's worth it!

We helped installing electricity and internet at all places. Furthermore Jan Kilic and Felix Grubert started to shovel their way through the deep snow to the ice layer outside. With an ambient temperature of below -4°C, an altitude of 3883m and constantly changing weather, this was a first good test for us. Nobody from our team is affected by the altitude sickness, so that we can work the next days with full power on our project.

Tomorrow at noon we will go up 2275m again. By then, our experiment with the equipment should have arrived at the Klein-Matterhorn.

We will also write new articles in the coming days and make the current events tangible for you.

AMPEX - The Aachen Modular Planetary Exploration System
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