On 18th of November 2019, Lucie Bruneau (technician, UNamur) and Boris Hespeels (project manager ESA project, UNamur) were the first scientists to leave for Cape Canaveral in Florida (USA). The rotifer cultures Adineta vaga were shipped a few days before. They all met in their new laboratory at Kennedy Space Center (KSC, Florida). The rotifer cultures were checked and maintained daily for the preparation of Rob-1.
Richard Coos (Engineer at UNamur), Karine Van Doninck (Full Professor , UNamur) and the two artists, Angelo Vermeulen and Marc Guillaume, joined the team at KSC on November 29th, 2019. The first critical day is December 2nd, 2019: duo Richard and Lucie, and second duo Boris and Karine, prepared all the PLT bags with the Adineta vaga individuals while artist Angelo Vermeulen added the SEADS artwork to the Rob-1 experiment. In the meantime, artist Marc Guillaume was documenting this unique day.