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Spaceward Bound Expedition: Mojave 2008

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From Jim Thompson, The Explorers Club:

Raw Thermo Infrared Images
Cima lava beds Mojave Desert CA, NASA Spaceward Bound 2008

Images below taken from pictured vantage point.
Click on image for larger view.

For more photos of this research in progress see
Cima lava field infrared research NASA Spaceward Bound



Thermograms every 10 minutes over a 24 hour period starting at 18 10 on 4-9-08

Image 1460 at 18 10     4-09-08

My GMC Yukon is directly over the entrance of the main Cima lava tube cave entrance.

infrared photo of cave entrance

Then 26 Early AM thermograms

Image 1500 AT 00 50 4-10-08
Every 10 minutes until 0510 4-10-08  Image 1526  

Notice how the lava cools off as the night goes on and the tube temp remains more constant.

sequence of cooling with infrared camera sequence of cooling with infrared camera sequence of cooling with infrared camera
sequence of cooling with infrared camera sequence of cooling with infrared camera sequence of cooling with infrared camera
sequence of cooling with infrared camera sequence of cooling with infrared camera sequence of cooling with infrared camera
sequence of cooling with infrared camera sequence of cooling with infrared camera sequence of cooling with infrared camera
sequence of cooling with infrared camera sequence of cooling with infrared camera sequence of cooling with infrared camera
sequence of cooling with infrared camera sequence of cooling with infrared camera sequence of cooling with infrared camera
sequence of cooling with infrared camera sequence of cooling with infrared camera sequence of cooling with infrared camera
sequence of cooling with infrared camera sequence of cooling with infrared camera sequence of cooling with infrared camera
sequence of cooling with infrared camera sequence of cooling with infrared camera sequence of cooling with infrared camera


Notice the lava tube just right of dead center with the skylights behind it.

Bill Liedman inside Cima Lava Tube Infrared photo of Bill Liedman inside Cima Lava Tube
   
Image 1572 at 12 50   4-10-08
The lava is hot and the tube is hard to distinguish from the other landscape
infrared photo of hot lava


Image 1595 at  16 40   4-10-08
It is hard to tell what is a real tube and what is not.

More research is needed in this field.

"cooled" image

© April 13, 2008 Jim Thompson



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