Colin Bonner, Tony Travouillon and Jon
Lawrence shortly after arrival at Dome C, Antarctica.
Colin Bonner, a first year physics student at UNSW, had the opportunity
of a lifetime when he was selected to accompany two UNSW astronomers
to the remote Dome C station high on the Antarctic plateau.
As part of the Advanced Science program in the School of Physics,
students are encouraged to work with research groups. Colin was
assigned to a laboratory project in the Department of Astrophysics,
where it quickly became obvious that he had very strong skills in
electronics. Coincidentally, these were precisely the skills that
we needed to help install a suite of new experiments in the UNSW
“AASTINO” remote facility at Dome C.
Colin jumped at the opportunity. Over the 2003/4 summer break he
assisted us with building instrumentation at UNSW, then accompanied
Jon Lawrence and Tony Travouillon on the 5 day ocean voyage to Antarctica.
After crunching through the coastal ice on an ice-breaker, a helicopter
ride, and a final trip by light aircraft, Colin became the youngest
person ever to visit the Dome C station. During his three-week stay
Colin was an invaluable help to our research project, which included
installation of the MASS instrument.