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Bound Expedition: Australia 2009
July 13, 2009
Over the Australian Outback Jim Thompson, The
Explorers Club, took thermographic images of cave and karst features
on July 12, 2009 as part of the NASA Spaceward Bound Australia Outback
Expedition 2009. The Spaceward Bound Expedition in cooperation with
the Australian Mars Society, combined scientists and teachers from
the US and Australia teachers and are conducting
real time research analog Mars exploration in the Australian Outback.
Airborne thermography from a light plane over the Australian Outback while teachers on the ground were taking readings and placing large reflective banners on the ground to assist identification of the site from the air.
Jim Thompson, a pioneer in the use of infrared thermography to locate cave and hot thermo underground springs, flew over areas near Arkaroola, Australia accompanied by teachers in the aircraft and others on the ground to research the use of airborne infrared pictures to locate thermo pools.
Jim paid special attention to a thermal pool at Paralana Hot Springs.
The pool is a natural radioactive hot spring and provided an excellent
thermal gradient to test the procedure. Jim & team took thermographic
pictures from a light airplane with a bird’s eye view
of the site while a group of teachers took measurements on the ground
using thermometers and other instruments that will be utilized
to calibrate figures into the research.
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