From: Haughton-Mars Project (HMP)
Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2002
By: Dr. Pascal Lee
We made it to Devon today! As of this evening, the NASA HMP Base Camp is in operation again, for a sixth consecutive summer of Mars analog field research.
After dissipation of this morning's fog, we were eventually go for launch. Two First Air Twin Otters were mobilized to support the HMP this afternoon. They completed a total of three flights to Haughton Crater today. John Schutt, Joe Amarualik, Gordon "Oz" Osinski, and I flew in on the first flight. We were followed by AC Hitch, Vicky Glass, Matthew Pudluk, Jeff Kheraj, and Sandy Salluviniq on a second plane. The third flight (second roundtrip for the first plane) brought in Steve Braham, Ginger Howell (our Camp Cook), Melanie Howell (Ginger's sister), April Ageeagok, and Solomon Idlout.
We spent the afternoon shuttling cargo from the runway to Base Camp using ATVs with trailers, taking equipment and supplies out of storage from our year-round tents, and erecting additional summer-only common tents. The winterover tents were found to be in good shape, although evidence for polar bear visits during the winter were clear. St John's, our main mess tent, had several bear claw punctures and rips. No sign of actual break-in however. To protect us from further incursions this summer, we'll have our dogs Kelsey (Black Dog's mother; Black Dog herself died two weeks ago from sickness), Kimiq (Black Dog's companion from last summer), and Silla (Ginger's dog). We'll also have our shotguns, just in case.
I flew back to Resolute Bay alone this evening to continue work on other projects requiring e-connectivity (not yet up from at Base Camp) and to coordinate additional cargo loads for tomorrow and later this week.
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