HMP-2002: Pascal's Lee's log 29 June 2002

Status Report From: Haughton-Mars Project (HMP)
Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2002

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The 2002 summer field season of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project has begun. Those of us who will be opening up camp and staying on Devon Island for the entire field season reached Resolute Bay today. The hamlet was under rain and fog but we were happy to be among friends again.

We held a briefing meeting after our 6 pm dinner at the Coop Hotel. Present were Steve Braham, Gordon "Oz" Osinski, John Schutt, A C Hitch, Vicky Glass, Ginger Howell, Joe Amarualik, Matthew Pudluk, Jeffrey Kheraj, and Sandy Salluviniq. After the meeting we headed up to the airport and visited with Polar Shelf and First Air to check on cargo and flight schedules. Logistics are in place and our payloads are in good shape.

Although latest pilot reports from a few days ago indicate significant snow is still present at Haughton Crater on Devon Island, we are still anticipating a put-in attempt beginning on Monday, July 1st, after the midday Canada Day parade. Our Mars analog research program should begin shortly thereafter.

A first Mars exploration technology experiment to be carried out will involve continued development and field tests of a new ground- penetrating radar antenna design. Conceived by Firestar Engineering LLC, the SETI Institute, and NASA Ames Research Center, the field experiment will help open the way for surface ground penetrating radar surveys on Mars in the near-future.

Pascal Lee

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