On the 6th of June, the inauguration of the Norwegian mapping authority's new geodetic observatory took place. Approximately 140 invited guests, including representatives from the Norwegian government, attended the big happening just outside of Ny-Ålesund.
About 100 of the guests arrived by boat for the big day, and everyone was transported by car out to Brandal. Everyone was served a refreshing drink while enjoying the scenery.
State secretary Lars Jacob Hiim and head of the Norwegian Mapping Authority, Anne Cathrine Frøstrup, gave talks before they switched on the power of the observatory. This resulted in the twisting and turning of the two brand new antennas in the beautiful sunlight.
The new observatory is part of a global network for observation and research, and it will map movements in the earth's surface, planetary rotation as well as the earth's exact position in space. These measurements will contribute to a more precise monitoring of ice loss and sea-level change.
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After the ceremonial opening, everyone returned to town for a grand feast. The theme of the meal was "the delicacies of the sea" - and from the looks of it the food was quite tasty. Greetings and gifts from the Governor of Svalbard Kjerstin Askholt and more were given.
Kings Bay congratulates the Norwegian mapping authority and we are looking forward to new, modern and exciting times!