Professor Martin Siegert said the aborted mission was "hugely frustrating":
This is of course, hugely frustrating for us, but we have learned a lot this year._
Although circumstances have not worked out as we would have wished, I am confident that through the huge efforts of the field team, and our colleagues in the UK, we have done as much as we possibly could have done, and I sincerely thank them all._
More top news
Residents living near the Somerset Levels are positive the dredging of 150,000 cubic metres will prevent any serious flooding
A dramatic high-wire stunt which will open Bristol's years as European Green Capital has been rehearsed in the city's Cumberland Basin.
Championship leaders Bristol Rugby have signed Gavin Henson from their local rivals Bath