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Spaceward Bound Expedition: Arctic 2008

 

Final Science Log Entry

photo of robot in arctic site

Wednesday 30 July 2008

Today we made the 7 km hike to the lower camp with the Max 5R rover batteries and ancillary equipment. The rover is already at the lower camp. We spent most of the afternoon testing setting up the rover operations and testing the rover in the local environments. Everyone was able to easily use the rover due to the well designed and intuitive control system. The rover operated well over the rocky terrain. The main environmental challenge was the dust.

Thursday 31 July 2008

photo of relic springs with teachers & scientists climbingWe hiked up again to the relic springs site, this time taking the valley route. No difficulties were encountered on this route. The teachers from the lower camp joined us by helicopter. We conducted extensive sampling at the site and surveying from the hill top to the edge of the White Glacier.

In the afternoon we dug another pit to the level of ice cemented groud (72 cm again) in and area of well developed patterned ground.

In the evening we decided to do a midnight hike to and on the terminus of the White Glacier and along the front of the Thompson Glacier. The midnight sun provided more than enough light despite the heavy clouds.

We concluded our hike at 2 AM and waited for the 3:30 AM total solar eclipse. Unfortunately the solid cloud cover did not let up and slight rain fell.

Friday 1 August 2008

Today was our first day with rain. We worked on documenting and packing our samples.

Saturday, 2 August 2008

5 AM we departed for the hike to the lower camp to catch the twin otter flight to Resolute and from there on to Ottawa.

Group shot of teachers

 

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Editor: Linda Conrad
NASA Official: Liza Coe
Last Updated: August 2008
Teachers Contact: Liza Coe
  (Lizabeth.K.Coe@nasa.gov)