From: Haughton-Mars Project (HMP)
Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2001
By: Dr. Pascal Lee
The blue skies gave way to a drizzly overcast under strong winds. The crew of Phase 6 in the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station has already settled into a routine. The crew is composed of Prof Steve Braham (Simon Fraser University, Chief Field engineer for the NASA HMP, Dr Charles Cockell (British Antarctic Survey, Chief biologist on the NASA HMP), Dr Tam Czarnik M.D. (our medical officer), Dr George James (aerospace engineer at NASA Johnson Space Center, Rocky Persaud (a mechanical engineer and undergraduate student in geology at the University of Toronto), Eric Tilenius (Silicon Valley entrepreneur and Board member of the Mars Society), and me (Pascal Lee, planetary scientist at the SETI Institute, based at NASA Ames Research Center).
The day was marked by the important official visit to our research site by a delegation of representatives from the Grise Fiord Community. Grise Fiord, located on Ellesmere Island, is the northernmost town in Canada. The visit was a happy occasion. After a tour of the HMP Base Camp and of the FMARS, the delegation stayed for dinner at Base Camp. It was a good day, with positive exchanges and friendship. I will be visiting Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord again in November to continue consulting with Northern communities about our project on a regular basis.
Colleen Lenahan accompanied our visitors and came to Haughton for the day. She has been helping support our project all summer as our Liaison Officer in Resolute Bay, a big job very well done!
This evening we had our first EVA. Just a local one around the Habitat for the new crew members to familiarize themselves with the procedures. The plan was to scout out a location to set up a wind turbine in the next few days. The turbine will provide power through the winter for a set of environmental sensors at the FMARS. If all goes well, the data should be accessible this winter via satellite. This experiment is the result of a collaboration involving George James and Kevin Shoemaker of the Mars Society.
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